Ants are highly developed social insects that live together in colony nests. Australia is home to more than 1300 different ant species.
Several different species of ant are commonly found in the Brisbane area. Depending on the species, ants can nest in soil, timber, under pavers, in wall cavities and roof voids.
Ants will travel long distances in search of food.
Ants are most active in summer and after rain as they are in search of food to store for the colder winter months.
Australian Ant species range in size from 2mm up to 21mm
Ants are 6 legged social insects that live in nests (colonies)
Some Ants have wings
In all species the Queen Ant is much larger than the other ants
Ant colonies consist of Workers, Soldiers and the Queen
Some species of ants (Fire ants and Electric ants) can inflict a very painful sting and are a Category 1 restricted pest under the Biosecurity Act 2014. If you suspect that either of these Ant species is present on your property you should contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
Ants enter homes in search of food, particularly sweet and sticky substances.
Some ants can give painful stings, while the garden ant has swarming characteristics and can contaminate food. Unlike bees, ants can sting multiple times.
Ants are not considered a health risk to humans but they are a nuisance
Ants come inside your home looking for food. They are attracted by sweet and sticky substances. Here’s how you could ant-proof your home:
Store food in re-sealable containers
Clean up food and liquid spills immediately
Remove food scraps from under kitchen appliances
If you have a pet clear up your pet’s left overs straight away
Make sure all garbage cans are tightly sealed
Keep compost piles enclosed and covered
Prevent ant entry to your home - seal cracks and crevices in door and window frames