Ants cause problems primarily when they forage in buildings for food or water, or when they construct nests in buildings and gardens. When searching for food, ants can be attracted to a wide range of products, with different species preferring sweets, meats, fats or oils. They will also search indoors for water during dry periods. When desirable items are found many species will recruit fellow nest mates to help gather the food and return it to the nest. This can result in large numbers of ants appearing over a short period of time.

Of all insects that infest buildings, ants are the most common. There are many different species of ant. Each is unique in terms of nesting sites, habits, characteristics and feeding preferences.

Ants live in colonies consisting of:

  • An egg-laying female (Queen)
  • Short-lived males and workers (sterile female)
  • Foragers in gardens or kitchens (Workers)

Small Ants

Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about their behavior that will help you keep things under control:

  • Entry
    Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen and pantry.
  • Pheromone trails
    Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
  • Nest locations
    They can nest anywhere in and around your home or office; in lawns, walls, stumps, foundations, and even under concrete slabs.
  • Colony size
    A colony can contain thousands of Ants and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
  • Colony Lifetime
    A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
  • Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness
    Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches only kill the ants you see and are ineffective as a long term solution. For a long term pest control solutions, call the Pest Control Melbourne professionals.


Ant Prevention Tips

Successful, long-term ant control requires more than just a surface spray. At Dawson’s Australia, we use the latest products available including repellent, non-repellent liquid insecticide as well as insecticidal dusts, baits and granules.

  1. Clean up food and drink spills immediately.
  2. Rinse out cans or bottles before putting them into the recycling bin.
  3. Keep food stored tightly.
  4. Pick up pets food at night and don’t feed them outdoors.
  5. Seal cracks around doors and windows, and keep gutters and downpipes clean.

Call us today on (03) 9222 2266 or Request a Call Back and speak with one of our customer service team members to answer any questions and arrange a specialised treatment.

Ant Control FAQs

Ants can be considered pests in the garden, especially if they build nests near plants with aphids or scale insects. Some ant species "farm" these pests, protecting them from natural predators in exchange for honeydew, a sugary substance the insects produce. If you think you have a potential problem, give the team at Dawson’s Pest Control Service Melbourne a call.
Yes, pest control services like those at Dawson’s Australia can help get rid of ants. They use various methods, such as bait traps, sprays, and barrier treatments, to eliminate ant infestations.
Yes, pest control methods are designed to kill ants or remove them from your property. The specific approach may vary depending on the type of ant and the severity of the infestation. Call Dawson’s Pest Control Services Melbourne to discuss your requirements.
Pest control companies use a variety of products and methods to control ants, including ant baits, liquid insecticides, granular insecticides, and sometimes even non-toxic solutions like diatomaceous earth. The choice of method depends on the species of ant and the specific circumstances. Don’t leave pest control to just anyone – call Dawson’s Australia Pest Control Services Melbourne today.
You should consider calling pest control for ants when you have a persistent or severe ant infestation that DIY methods can't control. Signs include large numbers of ants indoors, ants damaging property, or nests near the home. The timing may vary depending on your location and the ant species, as some are more active during certain seasons. Give Dawson’s Australia Pest Control Service Melbourne a call today.

Why Choose Dawson’s Australia


Your home is your most important asset – keep it protected! With over 60 years of experience in the industry, you’re in safe hands with Dawson’s Australia.


All treatments are carried out by professional, licensed pest services technicians. We always adhere to Australian standards and use only the highest quality products to ensure your pest problem is treated thoroughly.


Our professional pest technicians are trained not only to treat the pest problem but also to look at the root cause. They will take the time to understand your concerns and provide feedback and recommendations on how to minimise pests in and around the property.


All of our professionally trained and experienced technicians take the utmost care when carrying out treatment at your home or business and will work with your family to accommodate any needs.

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