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Ants. What you need to know.

Ants

There is a wide variety of ants in South East Queensland. These tiny little critters can pose a real problem around our homes and businesses. Getting into electrical appliances causing short circuits, spoiling our food and in general just be annoying for many.

 

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Ant Identification
Bull Ant

Appearance

  • About 18 - 20mm long.

  • Tends to be red or black.

Habits

  • Very aggressive (if a nest is disturbed, there will be a massive outpouring attack).

  • Bulldog Ants typically nests outdoor in soil and under logs and rocks.

  • Located mostly in bushy areas (they seldom enter buildings).

  • They can inflict a very painful sting to humans.

  • The stinger does not remain in the victim, so the Bull Ant can sting repeatedly.

  • They feed on other insects and things such as honeydew from scale insects or plant nectar.

  • Each ant belongs to a specific caste and has a specific job to do (there are worker ants, soldier ants, the Queen and the Male – who mates with the Queen).

Appearance

  • Shiny and black.

  • 2.5 - 3mm long.

Habits

  • These ants are regarded as a nuisance and scavenge in kitchens, garbage and also dog excrement, therefore potentially spreading diseases such as salmonella.

  • 'Common Ants' include the intensely black 'Black House Ants', and they are attracted to sweets.

  • The light yellowish brown 'Coastal Brown Ant' prefers to feed on meat products and grease.

  • The most effective control measure is to find the colony and treat it.

  • Commonly found in houses.

Black Ant
Green Ant

Appearance

  • 5-6mm. 

  • Black with metallic green head. 

  • Distinctive appearance and odour

Habits

  • Typically nests in small colonies under paths and among rockeries. 

  • They live in bushy and urban areas. 

  • Feeds mainly on materials of vegetable origin. 

  • Rarely enters houses. 

  • Can inflict a painful sting to humans.

Appearance

  • Carpenter ants are polymorphic which means they can come in a variety of sizes.

  • There are three size classes, each with different job classifications: Major workers are the largest ants in a colony and contain most of the large soldier ants; while media and minor carpenter ants are mid and small in size respectively and whose jobs are to gather food and construct colonies.

Habits

  • Carpenter ants feed on living and dead insects as well as anything people consume.

  • As the name suggests, carpenter ants can do considerable damage to wooden objects.

Carpenter Ant
Argentine Ant

Appearance

  • Workers about 1.6mm long.

  • Light to dark brown in colour.

  • Do not swarm.

  • Bite – do not sting.

Habits

  • Worker ants will follow food trails for long distances so nests are not easy to track.

  • They prefer sweet foods but will also eat live and dead insects, meats, cereals and damaged fruit.

  • Argentine ants are territorial and will drive out other ant species from an area.

  • Argentine ants are a common household pest, often entering structures in search of food or water (particularly during dry or hot weather), or to escape flooded nests during periods of heavy rainfall.

Appearance

  • This species vary greatly in shape, size and colour. 

  • Range from 2.5 to 15 mm, and are some of the most often seen ants due to their size and often bright in colouring.

Habits

  • Often nests in a variety of sites ranging from holes in wood to the roots of plants, twigs of trees and shrubs, between rocks or in the soil. 

  • They can also be seen during the day however, they are most active at night. 

  • They are unable to sting, but they do possess strong mandibles which can bite. In self-defense these ants are also able to spray acid from their abdomens to deter predators. 

  • They feed on dead and lives insects, household waste and are attracted by sweet food. 

  • They rarely enter houses.

Sugar Ant

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