Types of ants
Australia is home to lots of pests and critters and a plethora of ants, some of the most popular types of ants are:
- Carpenter ants
- Fire ants
- Bull ants
- Sugar ants
- Black Ants
- Argentine ants
- Pharaoh ants
- Red Ants
1. Don’t feed ‘em
First things first if you want ants to stay away permanently don’t leave a buffet of sugary and fatty food out. Keep your home free of crumbs and food scraps and keep as much as you can in sealed containers. This isn’t a foolproof method but it will cut down their numbers inside your home.
2. Get them at the source
Here’s a simple and natural way to exterminate ants in one go.
- Find the ants nest and using a small spade make a hole in the centre.
- Pour boiling water into the hole, repeating until no more ants surface from the nest.
Tip: This will turn them into crazy ants so make sure you’re wearing protective clothing.
3. Homemade bait
Finding the ants manor is often easier said than done, so if you can’t find the source you could look at making your own ant trap.
- Mix together 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of Borax and a teaspoon of water.
- Place a small amount near where the ants are active.
- They will ingest the bait and take it back to the nest, killing off the entire colony.
4. Richgrow 2.5kg Ant Killa Insecticide
Stop your ants from coming into your building with Richgrow Ant Killa. Simply lie granules around entrances, between pavers, on your lawns and the edge of your garden. Not only will it kill ants but it provides a strong barrier to keep the ants out! This 2.5kg pack will cover 400 square meters.
Richgrow is highly effective but can be toxic to dogs, fish and children so make apply out of reach. Buy now
5. Water repellant
If there’s one thing in particular that ants aren’t a fan of it is water. If you find them scaling the sides of your dog's food bowl place the bowl in a large bowl forming a moat around the food to keep the critters away.
6. Ant Bait
If you’ve got an ant infestation that is taking over your home you need Ant-Rid. Ants eat the bait and take it back to the next where it infects the rest of the ants including the queen and destroys the nest. Whilst you won’t see results instantly this bait is extremely effective. Buy now
Ants don’t like strong smells, making vinegar and strong-smelling herbs, like cinnamon, mint, black pepper and even garlic, a great option to repel these pests. Simply, leave them in a small bowl or dip a cotton bud in liquid versions.
8. Ant Sprays
Raid Max Ant Killer is designed to combat not only ant issues but to kill cockroaches, spiders and other pests. Simply spray the crawling pests as you see them and where they enter to create a long-lasting barrier for up to 6 months. Shop now
The Talon Ant Killer Gel is a clear gel that you use in ant “hotspots” the pests are instantly attracted to the gel and take it back to the nest and kill the rest of the brood and the queen. It has relatively low toxicity to humans. Shop now
10. Essential Oils
You can treat ants naturally with five different essential oils.
Dilute a couple of drops of essential oils in water and vodka and pour into a spray bottle. Use the spray on the affected areas and wherever you see ants coming in. This concoction is also great for other pests.