About Ants in NZ
In New Zealand, we have approximately half a dozen different species of Ant which present a challenge for ant control at home. They range from the common large black garden ant to a small golden-brown Pharaoh ant. Some species predominately feed on sugars, while others prefer protein and even fats. During different stages of nest maturity, you will find that they will switch food sources. They do this because it is what the nest requires at the time. Some varieties have just one queen, while others have multiple. Nests can join together while others are entirely independent. Some prefer living near the beach or in a broken land, sand, homes or under pavers.
There is never a quick fix with this industrious problem solver. The scary thing is that most inexperienced/novice pest control technicians are unaware of this and will often treat your ants incorrectly.
Here are a few tips which could help you with receiving the correct method of ant control at home.
First and foremost is observation. Observe the comings and goings of the ants.
- Where does the trail lead?
- Are they around the sugar and sweets, or the pet food and crumbs on the ground?
- What colour are they?
- Which areas of your home have you seen them?
- Have you seen any actual nests?
Any technician worth a grain of salt will be asking these questions to conduct a successful treatment.
If you have an ant treatment booked in, we strongly recommend that you provide a little food for the ants a couple of hours before the technician arrives. Your observations will have alerted you to which foods they are currently taking. This will help create a steady trail of ants so to give your tech a good headstart.
I already hear you saying that since you have conducted all of this observation and you know their food source, general location of the nest/s and where they are, that you can treat them yourself and save some money. I apologise for this, but we so often hear about the long, tedious hours spent placing out supermarket baits, sand etc., only to end up exhausted and disappointed as the ants didn’t budge. We understand that if you discover a nest with a single queen that it may be easy enough to eradicate with a little ‘kiwi ingenuity’. But usually, there are more than just one nest on-site and often a couple of varieties.
Professional ant treatments are designed and well placed. They can involve slow-acting yet powerful non-repellent sprays, specific protein or sugar-based baits, ant sand etc. These are chosen depending on which varieties are present.