The Dreaded Ants Print E-mail
Welcome to our section on ants in the Top End.

In case you don't know, the Northern Territory is built on a giant ants nest, or so it seems!!

We have more ants and more varieties than anywhere I know. It's not all bad news though so we will try and concentrate on the main culprits starting with:

The Big Headed Ant ( or Coastal Brown Ant)
This very small ant is an import from South Africa and is related to the Fire ant, Singapore ant, Ginger ant and other species. It is easily recognised by its soldier ant which has a very large head. (Hence big headed ant) The problem sometimes is that the soldiers are scarce. (About every 50 to 100 ants). They are taking over the N.T. in large numbers. It wasn't long ago that only small sections of the N.T. were effected, now they are almost everywhere.

How to recognize them??
They are very small, often ginger or dark in colour with the telltale soldier head being larger than the rest. They LOVE water and as a result you will find them in your sink, kettle, bath, under pot plants, around drippers and sprinklers in gardens and anywhere there is a water source. I have even been told by clients that they showed up in wet washing in the laundry basket, a glass of water next to the bed and even in one lady's hair after she washed it but went to bed whilst is was still wet!!! Another common one is they kick up the sand between pavers and along the edge of buildings where the concrete path meets the house/unit.

Treatment
Don't panic!! We have a granule which is specifically designed to treat this ant with 100% eradication within 48 hours. (More often 24 hours) They take the granule back to their nest and that's all she wrote. We realise of course that if you have them then your neighbours will. As a result we give you some extra granule (At no extra cost to you) as part of our treatment which will last you in most cases about 6 - 12 months.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD A POSTER ON THIS ANT SHOWING WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND AREAS THAT YOU WILL FIND IT:

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MORE ANTS
The next main culprit is the  ‘Native’ Indoor Black Ant (Not to be confused with the tiny black  Singapore Ant)

This little guy often appears out of the back of your pantry, light fitting, hole in a corner and is often seen tracking up the outside wall into the roof space. He gives the impression sometimes that he lives outside and is coming in when in most cases he is in the roof space and is coming out.

Treatment

This guy is the hardest to get especially if you have a flat roof (no access hole) or if your roof space has insulation. Thankfully we have developed a way of treating them easily and safely that works. So much so that we give you a 3 month warranty inside on them.

Third in Line is the Meat Ant or Bull Ant
This is one that is in large numbers, black, about 1cm (1/2 inch) in length and his nest is usually situated on a bare patch of ground with lots of small holes in it. THIS GUY BITES (AND IT HURTS) (Not to be confused with the Desert ant which has a mound with a slot in the top)

Treatment
This guy is easy to fix whilst being in-expensive. We get bitten very often whilst doing this so only ring me when you really have to. :-)

The Desert Ant, Pharaoh Ant, Hairy Ant And Common Black Ant Bring Up The Rear

The common black ant makes little holes every couple of feet and join these holes with thousands of little black ants. The Desert ant make mounds with a 'coin' slot on the top (Often on the nature strip) which are usually always joined together with other nests. Desert ants come in different colours but usually black and they are not known to bite. They will however as will the small black ants make very long trips to find food. (Or the dog bone) The Hairy ant likes pot plants and hanging baskets whilst the Pharaoh ant is not fussed. All in all we have some answers for all of them.

Treatment

This is the same as the meat ant. The difference is "it is like shooting ducks in a barrel" and THEY DON'T BITE ME. So if you have these ones I am more than happy to get them all for you. We also give a 6 month warranty on these guys.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD A POSTER ON THESE TYPES OF ANTS

PLEASE CLICK HERE (pdf file)        

Summary
We have attempted to cover only the main ants that we deal with in the N.T. on a daily basis. If you would like a treatment booked in please call us on (08) 8932 8002 or
email us here: Contact us.

We hope that this information has helped you.