How to get rid of ants

Are you battling ant invasions at your place? Our exterminators know how to get rid of ants properly.

You can rely on our ant exterminators to protect your home and family from ants now and into the future.

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah …

A lone ant scurrying across your kitchen bench is pretty easy to deal with. 

A small trail of ants doesn’t cause too much problem either. You get them, they’re gone, or are they?

Don’t be lulled me into a false sense of security. Those lone rangers are out looking for food and new digs for thousands of their hungry mates who are waiting outside in lawns, and trees, in walls, roofs, under floors and foundations to follow their scent trails inside.

Those forager ants you think you’ve got rid of are only five per cent of the colony; killing them is only a temporary fix. When the rest of them arrive, you’ve got a much bigger problem than a damp cloth and some spray and wipe can deal to.

What to do? Call Bug King.

Yeah, its summer

As summer heads our way, we can expect to find ants in our Auckland homes and businesses a lot more frequently. These small insects can be a big nuisance, but you can get rid of ants effectively with the right team: Bug King.

Most ants build their nests outside and come inside in search of food, which is why you’ll see wandering across your kitchen bench in Auckland.

But these wee pests don’t have to overstay their welcome. Want to know how to get rid of ants for good, and keep them from coming back? Call 0800 546454.

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Info about Bug King ant control


$295.00 External only treatment (3 month warranty).

$253.00 Internal only treatment.

$417.50 Full internal & external ant treatment.

Additional charges may apply for very large homes.

More about Ants

If you’re having a problem with ants, it’s more than likely white-footed house ants are visiting your place. These small black ants are the most common species of ant in the Auckland region and are most often the ones we treat for when clients call our ant exterminators and we visit their homes or businesses.

Theses ants prefer to nest in cavities, so it’s very common to find them nesting in the walls and ceilings, usually on the sunny side of your home.

Most of the time they’re not a problem as they’re quite happy to forage for food and water outside of the home. However, if their nest is disturbed or food and water become scarce you will start to notice annoying ant trails to any food they can find in your home.

What if they’re not the white-footed house ant?

Less common, problem ants in and around Auckland are the common black house ant, coastal brown ants and Argentine ants. Problems with these species are less common but it’s critical you get the right ant exterminators and the right type of treatment for these different ant species. The wrong treatment tends make the ant problem worse and more difficult to gain future control.

Our experienced technicians will ensure you get the right treatment for the ant you need to control.

Bug King are AntPro certified ant exterminatorsAntPro certified exterminators are trained to a high degree to ensure the ants invading your home are correctly identified and effectively exterminated.

What we do

When treating for ants our key focus is exterminating the queen ants in the nests around your home.

To do this we use a non-repellent treatment around the outside of your house targeting ant nests, ant highways and active ant trails. The ants pick-up microscopic particles of the treatment and transfer it back to the nests causing the nest to collapse and die.

In most cases this happens within a week. However, if it’s a particularly large nest this may take up to 5 weeks.

If you want immediate relief from ants trailing internally, we can apply a repellent treatment in problem areas throughout your home. This keeps the ants outside while the external treatment does its work.

Quite often customers concerned about chemicals in their homes request and external treatment only.

If you want advice on ant issues and which treatment options will suit you best, feel free to give our ant control team a call. Call Bug King on 0800 546454.

Preparation & Aftercare

For external treatments only, no preparation or aftercare is required.

For internal treatments the following preparations need to be made;

  • Cover or put away exposed foods like fruit bowls, etc.
  • Put clean dishes, tea towels and paper towels away. It’s OK to leave dishes out if they’re going to be washed. 
  • Put away toothbrushes, towels and toilet paper
  • Cover fish tanks and turn the pump off.
  • Ensure pet food is covered or put away
  • Pull the duvet up to cover all pillows on the bed and cover any cots.
  • You will need to vacate your home for a minimum of 4 hours from the time the treatment is completed.

Aftercare for internal treatments;

  • On return, enter your home and open windows and doors and allow to air for 10mins.
  • Wipe down all food preparation surfaces. We recommend using rubber gloves while doing this and being conscious of not rubbing your eyes until the gloves are removed.

Our internal treatments use synthetic pyrethroids (which are based on natural pyrethrums). The products we use have been proven safe in sensitive situations over several decades. All treatments are professionally applied and are at a level that are very safe for humans and pets. All products are readily metabolized. If you do come into contact with the treatment it will just pass straight through you and not build up in your body over time.

Call Bug King and you can have your cake and eat it too!

We dare not touch the sugar,
And we must not touch the pie,
We’re afraid to eat the syrup,
Can you guess the reason why?
The bread must be inspected,
Yes the ants are back again.

They are crawlin’ in the cellar,
Everywhere on ev’ry shelf;
They are trackin’ through the butter,
Every feller fer herself,
In the fruit upon the table,
In the stuff down on the floor;
Yes the busy ants are movin’,
Never saw the like before.

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It’s always good to take someone else’s word for it!  Read what our customers have said about us following a successful pest removal. We can also arrange for you to speak directly to someone who has used our services, as we appreciate that you need to be absolutely certain about how our pest control works before you ask us into your home. 

Kate Gooch
Kate Gooch
November 27, 2022.
Excellent service and after care to ensure I was a very happy customer with no ants!
Richenda Oh
Richenda Oh
November 16, 2022.
Use this guy! He is good, was down to earth, upfront and easily and quickly told us which rodents we had where and how to get rid of them.
Rebecca Yeng Tung
Rebecca Yeng Tung
October 30, 2022.
So this is my second time using Bug King, I had used them last year, since then we have bought a new home and the previous owners had a dog so naturally how new home had fleas which was biting my young children at night. Just like my 5 star experience before we go the same 5 star treatment second time around. Mo was once again earlier than expected which was great he did what he had to and went over and beyond what we expected. Yvette in the office was a breeze to work with. My kids have not been bitten since so I am one happy mum with happy kids! I didn't expect anything less from Bug King and as long as the awesome service doesn't change I will always be a loyal customer if I do anything done at my house they will always be my first point of contact! Thanks again Mo and Yvette best in business!
Tas Matiatos
Tas Matiatos
August 23, 2022.
Thank you to the team at Bugking. Perfect result, the insect problem has gone! Friendly staff and very professional. Highly recommend.
Grace Vujnovich
Grace Vujnovich
August 17, 2022.
Great experience working with the Bug King team. Mark was professional and friendly and haven't seen an ant since :)
Mark Leslie
Mark Leslie
May 11, 2022.
We've just had our final inspection completed, and have been thoroughly impressed by Bug King's responsiveness and service. Mo was a pleasure to deal with! Thank you Bug King for all your assistance, and putting our minds at ease!
Ross Bymolt
Ross Bymolt
April 14, 2022.
The previous tenants had 3 pets who clearly had thousands of their own pets! After 9 flea bombs, we admitted defeat and I called Mark who was able to accommodate us the next day which was amazing. He explained the flea life cycle and why the bombs weren't working, and why his solution would. Half an hour later the house was treated, and so far so good! I definitely recommend Bug King for a top notch, professional service.