Funnel ants

There are several species of funnel ant in Australia (Aphaenogaster species), so called because of the funnels of earth or sand they make as they build their nests.  In fact, the ants are quite "shy" and are often never seen, mainly living underground and feeding on plant roots and the sugary secretions from aphids that feed on the roots of grasses. 

 

Once funnel ants become established they can cause serious issues.  Not only are the funnels very unsightly, but the nest chambers and tunnels they build underground can be quite extensive.  These nest chambers can significantly effect the soil structure and cause it to collapse, leaving an uneven surface potentially causing injury such as twisted ankles and damage to mowing equipment. Of course if you are trying to sell your home it can effect property prices as well!


Funnel ant treatment

Many homeowners struggle to control funnel ants because the products available in supermarkets or hardware stores use old technology. The insecticides tend to be repellent and provide limited duration of protection. Although they may kill a few ants, they do not control / kill the nest.  As a result, the ants soon return when the repellency wears off.  The products available to professional pest controllers include new products that are non-repellent, which means the ants do not know they are there..... until it is too late!  They come into contact with the insecticide when they tunnel through the soil and actually transfer the insecticide to nest mates when they contact each other.  As a consequence, with these new technologies you get control of the nest and lasting protection.  

The funnel ant treatment from Vanguard Pest Solutions will eliminate funnel ants from your lawn in 1-2 weeks and provide lasting protection for at least a year. Although control is normally achieved in a single treatment, in cases of severe infestation, two applications may be necessary. The length or protection achieved depends on two factors; the level of funnel ant infestation in surrounding properties and the environmental conditions (amount of rainfall being a major factor).  With the extensive subterranean chambers and tunnels, re-invasion from surrounding properties will eventually occur.  To achieve the best level of control, it makes sense to treat all the effected properties at the same time...... so it pays to be on good terms with your neighbours! However, Vanguard Pest Solutions is confident of providing a 12 month Ant Warranty for all funnel ant treatments.

Treatments are based on the size of the area to be treated.

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