Ants

ants CPM

Belonging to the Formicidae family within then order Hymenoptera, Ants are known for their social behaviour, their ability to adapt to their environment and their ability to defend themselves. Ants are a major benefit in the outdoor environment acting as decomposers, however when they begin to enter into our houses and surroundings, they can quickly become the cause for some concern. 

Currently there are over 4000 known ant species in Australia, some which are:

Singapore ant

Size: 2.0-3.0mm 

Colour: light brown with darker posterior abdomen 

Commonly found in electrical switches and chew through plastic and electrical wiring. 

Argentine ant 

Size: 1.5-3.0mm 

Colour: light brown to brown 

Known to be very aggressive ants, commonly found in trunks of trees and consume mainly foods such as sweet foods, honeydew, and meat. 

White-footed house ant 

Size: 2.5-3.0mm 

Colour: black with pale amber tarsi 

Eat sweet materials, commonly found in moist and forested environments. 

Black house ant

Size: 2.0-3.0mm 

Colour: shiny black 

These ants are native to Australia and commonly nest in the ground and under bark, they are known to like sweet foods. 

Pharaoh’s ant 

Size: 1.5-2.0mm 

Colour: light yellowish brown to darker brown 

This species is rarely found in Australia, they can be founder inside buildings near warm areas. 

Costal brown ant 

Size: 1.5-3.0mm

Colour: light brown to brown 

Commonly found in buildings, under paths and within debris, and eat proteins and fats.

Carpenter ant 

Size: 2.5-14mm

Colour: brown to pale brown 

This species is the most common found in Australia, nesting in decaying wood and soil and commonly eat sweet foods and household waste. 
Ants will go to great lengths for food supply which can sometimes lead them into your kitchen, although they usually enter through the exterior, nests can occasionally be found in wall cavities, behind skirting boards, inside window screens and rood voids. 
Preventing ants from coming into your home is easy, follow Civil Pest Managements step by step guide to prevention:

  1. Clean up kitchen areas and surfaces from food crumbs and spillages 
  2. Store food in tightly sealed containers 
  3. Vacuum floor surfaces from food crumbs or spillages