Ants thrive in the warm and sunny climate of South Africa. Out of the thousands of species of ants the main pest species are the black/garden ant and the pharoahs ant. They both travel far in search of food and will cluster around any food source they find. Pharaoahs ants often feed in rubbish bins and drains and therefore can pick up pathogens which they will walk into your living area. This can be dangerous if they infect food in the home. It is very important to seek professional help as worker ants can start new colonies if the main colony is under attack. Pest Control for Ants Pest Control for Ants
- Ants in the home - If you see large numbers of ants walking around you most probably have an infestation. This is particularly concerning if they are found in your kitchen or wherever you prepare food.
- The nest - It will look like little hill with an entrance at the top. An ant nest in your home will be much more difficult to find.
- Trails of ants - Trails of ants seemingly moving from the outside to the inside or vice versa. Ants will leave a chemical scent for other ants to follow.
A termite infestation can be destructive to your home or property. Termites are known as the “silent destroyer” because they could be hiding in your home or garden without any visible signs of damage or their presence. Termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. All homes, regardless of how they are built, are able to provide cellulose food for termites to feed on.
- Noise - Termites make a clicking sound when they bang their heads against the wood or will shake their bodies when disturbed. If you listen closely near termite infested wood you will be able to hear them eating.
- Flying termites - Flying termites leave the nest to search for a mate so that they can establish a new colony, which will likely be near your premises. The flying termites tend to swarm after rainfall. Once the flying termite finds a mate it will discard its wings.
- Hollow timber - Termites consume wood from the inside out leaving the wood hollow and fragile. Knocking on the wood will give off a notable hollow sound or the wood might simply break under pressure.
- White ants - Termites are often mistaken for “white ants”.
- Droppings - Termite droppings display as small black marks or a dark powder.