Fire Ant

Fire Ant (Solenopsis Spp)

Appearance

  • Queens: 15mm long.
  • Workers: 3-6mm long.
  • Coppery–brown on the head and body, with a darker abdomen.
  • Solenopsis has a very distinctive two–segment antennal club, which is highly visible when viewing the front of the female reproductive ant.

Life Cycle

  • After swarming from the nest and mating, the queen searches for a suitable spot to lay her eggs. Once found, she can lay up to 125 eggs in late spring.
  • Larvae hatch within 8 to 10 days, and the pupal stage lasts from 9 to 16 days.
  • Larvae feed on secretions from the queen’s salivary glands and broken-down wing muscles until the first worker ants emerge. After the first batch of larvae moult into workers, the queen’s role returns to egg laying – she can lay up to 1,500 eggs per day. Worker ants continue with larval care, nest building and food foraging.
  • Fertile males are produced later in the season.

Habits

  • The diet of foraging workers consists of dead animals, including insects, earthworms, and vertebrates. Workers also collect honeydew and forage for sweet food, proteins and fats.
  • Swarming characteristics – mating between queens and fertile males takes place on the wing in mid to late summer. Males perish after mating.
  • A nest mound can be up to 40 cm in height; it usually resides next to objects on the ground, e.g. logs.
  • If aggravated, Fire Ants react aggressively and can inflict a painful sting, resulting in a pustule some 48 hours later.
  • These ants are a major agricultural and urban pest, destroying crops and invading residential areas (both outdoors and indoors).

ANTS

Customer satisfaction is important to us, and we guarantee to control your pest problem quickly, safely and in an environmentally friendly manner.

Servicing All ACT suburbs & surrounding areas without the harsh chemicals!

TOP SEVEN COMMON PESTS

Our general pest treatment deals with the top SEVEN most common pests around your home in the one visit saving you time, money and keeping your environment safe.

These pests are spiders, cockroaches, silverfish, slaters, clothes moths, earwigs & millipedes.

We service the ACT and surrounding areas

Gungahlin

Belconnen

Canberra City

South Canberra

Jerrabomberra

Weston Creek

Woden Valley

Tuggeranong

** Queanbeyan, Murrumbateman & NSW local areas.