Got a problem with ants?
Do you find that any food left out gets eaten?
Our ant exterminators can sort out your ant problem in no time.
You can count on our tailored treatments to stop those food thieves from going to work in your home.
Pest control for ants in Auckland
Ants roaming around on the bench are annoying, and they can sometimes spread unwanted bacteria.
You would imagine a small trail of ants doesn’t really cause too much problem, but don’t be lulled me into a false sense of security.
Ants are social creatures that live in colonies of zillions. Queen ants hang out in a hidden nest and produce thousands of ants to maintain the colony while several million worker ants roam out from the nest to retrieve food for the colony. It is the older workers you’ll see wandering across your kitchen bench when you have an ant infestation.
You might spray these ants you’ll see on the bench, but these older guys are only about five per cent of the colony and are following established trails to and from a hidden nest somewhere in the walls of your home. Spray them with pesticides and the queen simply produces more to take their place, and your infestation never ends.
The key to getting rid of ants is to target those you don’t see. You need to get rid of the queen, but she never leaves the nest. She just stays hidden in the nest, being fed by the younger worker ants.
What to do? Call Bug King.
Getting rid of the queen ant can be quite tricky. The nests are often deeply hidden behind walls or beneath concrete slabs.
To get rid of ants properly, it’s critical you get the right ant exterminators and the right type of treatment for the ant species invading your home or business. The wrong treatment tends make the ant problem worse and more difficult to get under control in the future.
What Bug King will do about your ant problem
$379.50 – full internal & external ant treatment
$253.00 – external only treatment
$215.00 – internal only treatment
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 the ones we most often treat for when clients call our ant exterminators.
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.
Bug King are AntPro certified ant exterminators trained 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 metabolised. 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.
Don’t make an ant’s life an easy one
Like all living creatures, ants need water and food for survival. Don’t make it easy for them. Keep food off the bench, dishes washed, floors swept, and all surfaces cleaned. We’ll identify the trails used by worker ants to steal food from your house and use a bait which the worker ants will take back to the nest, so don’t clean away any ant trails until we have eliminated your ant infestation.
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.