Lifestyle

Dry weather brings tidal wave of pests, so don't feed them

ANTS are on the move, looking for a place to live.

And they find your home attractive for the same reason you do: it is dry, with a plentiful supply of food and moisture.

James Cook University's Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change professor Simon Robson said ants had been living in the humans' homes for hundreds of years.

"This time of the year there are a lot more queen ants getting around, looking to set up new colonies," he said.

"The best way to keep them out of your home is to keep it clean and tidy.

"A little bit of food goes a long way with ants. A box of cereal will feed thousands."

Prof Robson said keeping food packages tightly sealed and cleaning up any food scraps was the key to getting ants to leave your house and go in search of a new home.

"If your home is cleaner than your neighbours then the ants will become their problem," he said.

Prof Robson said as the weather cooled down ant activity would calm down, but in the meantime you could dwell on the positives.

"Ants don't carry diseases so there are no health issues," he said.

"They also clean up any other dead insects and carry them away to their nests."

Prof Robson said it was also worth remembering that ants had a vital role to play in the world.

But not everyone is content to put up with ants in their homes, and Bundaberg Amalgamated Pest Control owner Keith Griffiths said his company had experienced a 30-40% increase in ant-related call-outs in the past four to six weeks.

"The dry conditions have ants looking for water: dripping tap or irrigation," he said.

"There's nothing out in the fields.

"It's mainly the smaller and larger black ants, not so many of the coastal brown ants."

Mr Griffiths said the best way to eliminate ants was to book a home pest inspection because ants could reveal a more sinister problem.

"Ants and termites can work together," he said.

Mr Griffiths said while home remedies and household chemical treatments would repel ants for hours or even a day or two to completely remove them, more drastic measures were needed.

"The chemicals we are licensed to use get rid of the entire colony," he said.

Did you know...

Ants can lift up to 50 times their own body weight, some even more

Ants in the house are said to be lucky, it means you will prosper

Some ant species make slaves out of other ant species

Topics:  ants bundaberg pests weather



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Where to find the best coffee

Strauss is known for its superb brew.

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Queensland abortion push: Labor's last ditch bid

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.

The LNP partyroom voted to reject the legislation

Bundy's got a new distillery

SPIRIT SHINES: The team behind Bundaberg's newest distillery and brewery, Rick Prosser (spirits), Michael Nash (sales/marketing) and Paul Mark (beer/cider).

Kalki Moon set to rise

Origin possibility for local lad

REVVING UP: Cowboys player Coen Hess (front) is tipped to be a rising Origin star.

Bundy's Coen Hess is receiving high praise, and for good reason

Local Partners

Oscars 2017: How did biggest award get stuffed up?

LA LA Land producer Jordan Horowitz has opened up on the mortifying moment on stage at the Oscars when he realised his film had not won Best Picture.

Lisa Curry can't marry her fiance

Lisa Curry breaks down in the jungle.

Lisa Curry says she can’t get married to her fiance

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

Faye Dunaway, left, and Warren Beatty present the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Oscars ended with a moment that left everyone speechless.

HUGE OSCARS FAIL: Wrong film handed Best Picture award

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land incorrectly named Best Picture.

Blue Heelers' Ditch Davey joins 800 Words cast

Ditch Davey joins the cast of 800 Words as Terry, the younger brother of George, played by Erik Thomson.

George Turner's brother, Terry, arrives to Weld with a 'few demons'

Oscars winners 2017: Full list of Academy Award winners

Viola Davis accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Fences at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHO won Oscars this year? Here’s a full list of every winner.

Why can’t Nicole Kidman clap properly?

Nicole Kidman's style of clapping has puzzled Oscars viewers.

FOR some reason, it seems Nicole doesn’t really know how to clap.

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Growing optimism in realty markets

Work on the gas pipeline at the Bundaberg Port.

Market shifting from buyers' market to vendor

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!