Find out which ant is causing you agony
Don’t be mistaking white ants to be regular ants
An ant may be tiny but sure can cause a whole of damage. Their bite can either be very painful to your physically or leave you grief-stricken over damage done to your property.
You need to observe certain practice to keep visiting ants in control so that they soon do not develop into an infestation.
However, annoying this may be, it really can be a lot more terrifying is you aren’t battling a regular ant but white ants instead. Yes, regular ants and white ants do have similarities in their name but are actually different in several ways.
You can only watch over your home in Melbourne once you are thoroughly acquainted with these differentiating factors.
Characteristics, habitat and diet of a regular ant
Straight long antennae and a long body pinched in the middle, these features should conjure up the picture of an ant.
These brave little pests are not controlled by their fear of the light or you. They continue to go about with the activity irrespective of whether you spot them or no.
As they work tirelessly to accumulate food, they tend to live near the food source, which is the regular eatables in the home and does not wood or fixtures. They are attracted to already established spaces like homes and offices.
Everything you need to know about white ants
White ants are characterised by their love for wood, which pretty much defines everything about them. From food, habitat right upto the laying of eggs, they cannot do without wood.
They do not care to feed on anything else except that made of wood. White ants could easily land up eating up your entire home. Shorter, fatter and sandy in colour along with thick antennae, they can nearly assume the colour of the wood.
They are nocturnal and prefer the dark. You’ll find them scurrying to a safe spot within the wood or crevice if they ever bump into you.
Both regular and white ants build nests. However, their choice of location differs. While regular ants will build their home in the garden or any part of your home, termites will only build their nests in and around wood.
Living in a colony:
Both these pests are a testimony to the saying ‘there’s strength in numbers’. They live in colonies where there are different strata assigned to different jobs.
This hierarchy not only helps them develop their home and species effectively but also makes their control and removal an impossible task.
Ants have a moving colony that moves around your home. With white ants however, spotting one colony mean you sure have more hidden around.
Swarmers merely refers to those in the colony assigned with the responsibility to develop new colonies. Being winged, they flit from place to place in search of ideal paces that could be turned into homes.
They shed their wings, which really works in your favour to help you spot an upcoming infestation in time. Flying ants can be easily seen; flying white ants however burrow themselves into wood as soon as they can.
This is common for regular ants as well as termites. The so-called debris is a combination of feaces and sawdust.
For the regulars, the sawdust is merely the left behind wood since they do not eat wood. With respect to termites, more often the sawdust is actually their feaces and the only way to tell is if you notice the ‘sawdust/feaces’ appearing in several places.
It is best to get a professional inspection done before the infestation takes place.
Dealing with an infestation
While regular ants can be annoying, white ants can be absolutely damaging. In order to prevent an infestation from developing in your home you need to start off by figuring which type of pest it is. Only then can you take the necessary precautions and call in the professionals for removal.
Treatment is only effective when the inspection conducted is thorough. Placing your home in the hands of a professional to look into the matter and determine what kind of an infestation you’re dealing with could most likely turn out to be the decision you are most thankful for.
About the author:
Muzi Tsolakis heads Protech Pest Control, known to offer excellent services for ant control in Melbourne. If you’re dealing with an ant problem in your home call them for a thorough inspection and ant pest control services.