Ant Pest Control Cape Town
Ant Pest Control
Indoor Ant Control
The best way to do ant control in Cape Town is by using residual sprays which are chemicals that need to be mixed with water before spraying onto the surfaces where ants regularly crisscross weeks to months of control can be expected indoors depending on the type of surface treated, presence of dust, dirt and human interference.
Outdoor Ant Control
Outdoor ant control cape town is done by treating the nests. The insecticide is prepared by diluting it with water according to the directions for use and as many as possible. Nest entrances are then treated with a diluted chemical.
Ant poison / bait
Toxic bait, preferably made from or containing a preferred food of ants, can be used to eradicate ant nests, for an active ingredient to be effective against ants it has to be slow acting. The reason being, the forager must not die before it reaches the nest and spread the bait to members of the colony. The ant bait is quickly distributed throughout the nest by prophylaxis and should be strong enough to kill ants after it was diluted from one ant to the other. The active ingredient or other ingredients in the bait should also not be repellent in any way. It should be highly attractive to the ants and attract them even in the presence of other food sources. Professional ant bait is an effective ant bait. It is easy to use and very effective on a variety of ants.
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Ant Species in Cape Town
Argentina Ant (worker) 3mm long
Black ant (worker) 3mm long
Brown House Ant (major worker) 3.5mm long
Pugnacious Ant (worker) 2-10mm long
Ants are social insects and live in large colonies. They are highly developed insects and some species have included phenomena such as slavery, military campaigns and animal husbandry in their daily tasks.
How to get rid of ants in the house? You must use a combination of ant bait granules and active residual sprays which are chemicals that need to be mixed with water before spraying onto the surfaces where foraging ants regularly criss-cross. Weeks to months of ant control can be expected indoors depending on the type of surface treated, presence of dust, grime and dirt as well as human interference.
Argentine Ant: (Linepithema humile)
Argentine ants are dark brown insects. These ants are common around the coast as well as in Gauteng. The workers are all one size (3mm). They move along well defined trails and are active 24 hours a day. Argentine ants feed on a large variety of foods although they prefer sweet foods.
Black Sugar Ant: (Lepisiota Capenis)
The Black sugar ant is a shiny black ant. They occur throughout South Africa and are also common in the fynbos. The workers are all one size. They work 24 hours a day and forage along well defined trails. They will take most kinds of food.
Brown House Ants: (Pheidole Megacephela)
Brown house ants are light brown ants and are also refered to as big-headed ants. The workers occur in two sizes of which the soldiers have bigger heads. The smaller or minor workers are 2mm in length and the bigger or major workers are 3.5mm in length. The workers dont always run in definite trails and are most active at night. Their food preference includes fats, sugar and honeydew.
Pugnacious Ant: (Anoplolepis custodiens)
Pugnacious ants are reddish brown with a head more red than the rest of the body. Pugnacious ants are very common in South Africa and prefer open areas. Workers vary in size from 2-10mm. They run in haphazard directions and attack anything in site. Pugnacious ants are predators and seed dispersers. They have an important ecological role to play in the Cape Fynbos. Many Fynbos have seeds bearing nutritive bodies called elaiosomes. Pugnacious ants take these seeds to their nests and chew off the elaiosomes. The seeds remain underground where they are protects from rodents and fire until it hatches.
Areas where Found:
- Argentine Ants
They construct nests in exposed and covered soil but never indoors.
- Black Sugar Ants
Nests are constructed in sheltered soil under paving etc. and in structures
- Brown House Ants
These ants often make nests under paths where it throws up small mounds of soil between paving
- Pugnacious Ant
They nest below the ground without a mound at the nest entranc
Ant colonies consist of various castes which perform different functions in the colony.
The reproductive male and females have the task of reproducing. Depending on the species, only one or more females reproduce and are called the queens.
Pest species tend to have more than one Queen. males are initially winged and are mostly only present and involved during the forming of a new colony.
The workers (sterile females) nurse lava and take care of the queen, build and repair the nest and forage for food. Normally the foragers that are seen above the ground a represent 10% of the total colony.
The soldiers protect the colony from Intruders and might participate in foraging.
Ant Control Cape Town Cost
Spray Treatment & Granular Application: R1200
Includes perimeter spray treatment for control of all foraging ants.
Includes a follow-up granular ant bait treatment
Evacuation time: 0 hours
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