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NORTHLAND

ANTS

THE MAIN TREATMENT  


We have a few methods for treating ants. Our first line of attack is usually a no-spray treatment using EXTERMINANT, which is specially formulated for professional use on ants that are foraging for sugars.


It's normally applied outside of the building in order to attract ants from inside. It kills off ants at their source, the nest.


Some ant infestations have been so bad that ants were even foraging inside the clients fridge, and yet the EXTERMINANT treatment dealt to them.



There are several benefits to using the EXTERMINANT treatment as against the conventional methods using sprays.



One, is that EXTERMINANT usually performs much better than spray treatments because spray only kills the ants that actually walk on the sprayed surface. 


That means that even though ants are dying, the queens in the nest are still producing eggs at a rapid rate and the colony is still alive and well.



Research has also shown that sprays can stress ants, and when they're stressed they make more queens and split the nest and so make the problem even worse.


Also, if you went for a spray treatment inside the building, you would have to prepare for the treatment before we arrive by emptying all your cupboards and drawers in areas to be treated, move furniture, and cover all items that you would not want sprayed, whereas EXTERMINANT avoids that hassle.


You don't even have to be at home to let us in with the EXTERMINANT treatment, and if you are at home you don't have to vacate the building for a few hours which you would have to during and after spraying.



The EXTERMINANT treatment is usually so effective that most people don't need to have anything done on the inside.


It's only about 3% of jobs that may have us come back and do some more specialised work inside. This may require the removal of power points or light switches so we can pump dry insecticide or gas inside the walls to get them. But this is hardly ever necessary so we advise to start with the EXTERMINANT treatment first as it can save the added expense of using other treatments.



There is one thing that you may need to do with EXTERMINANT.

After the ants have been killed off, it would pay to wash off any of the sticky residue that isn't exposed to the rain as it can attract dust and look unsightly. And if you left it on the walls for a few months it may even go mouldy and need some bleach to clean it off.



Part of our Pest Management process is to help you prevent ants getting back into your place after we've killed off those that are already there.


As you exterminate one colony, very soon another will try and take its place.

To help avoid that problem, after we've finished treating the outside of the building, we give you a litre of EXTERMINANT so that every now and then when you're outside, if you ever spot a trail of ants, all you have to do is dip a paint brush in EXTERMINANT and paint a square metre of it right by their trail, and you'll usually kill off the whole nest within a couple of days.


The cost of this treatment is usually $270 for an average 3 Bedroom house around town. This treatment sometimes involves a free follow-up visit if we are working in the area.

If ants had been foraging for protein instead of sugars, we would treat with another external treatment at no added cost.

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THOROUGH INSIDE SPRAY TREATMENT


This takes a lot of work on your behalf before we arrive.


You need to empty every cupboard and drawer in your kitchen and pantry. This includes the pot cupboard and the cutlery drawer.


The best place to put all this stuff is usually on and under the dining table & throw a sheet over the top of it.  

 


All the drawers and cupboards should then be washed before treatment as you don't want to be washing these afterwards or you'll remove the treatment.



Then you need to empty the laundry and bathroom cupboards, the hallway and hot water cupboards, all the wardrobes (throw everything onto the beds).



Then pull all the furniture in the house out from the walls so that we can treat all the ceilings, the walls, the skirtings, every nook and cranny we can find and every where in the kitchen.



There's to be no pets or people inside for about 4 hours and when you come back inside you will have the job of putting everything back into place, and cleaning the food preparation benches before any uncovered food is placed directly onto them.



Don't wash down any areas that won't have uncovered food placed on them. That would clean off the treatment which will usually continue to work for several weeks.



This treatment has the benefit of also killing spiders and flies but you must remember one thing about it. It only kills the ants that actually walk on it and doesn't deal to the root of the problem back at the nest where the queens are pumping out eggs at a rapid rate.


This could mean that you've always got dead ants around the place but never actually wiped them out.



The cost of this treatment is usually $350 for an average 3 bedroom house in town.

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SEMI - THOROUGH INSIDE SPRAY TREATMENT


We do a real thorough treatment like I've just mentioned but only in the kitchen, Lounge and dining areas.


The cost of this treatment is usually $210 for a house in town.  

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NO HASSLE SPRAY TREATMENT


You don't have to empty any cupboards or move all the furniture.


We will spray treat all the ceilings, walls and skirtings that are accessible without moving furniture around.


We don't treat inside the kitchen cupboards and drawers with this treatment.


This would kill most insects crawling over it for up to 12 weeks under normal conditions.


This treatment has the benefit of also killing spiders and flies but you must remember one thing about it.

It only kills the ants that actually walk on it and doesn't deal to the root of the problem back at the nest where the queens are pumping out eggs at a rapid rate.


This could mean that you've always got dead ants around the place but never actually wiped them out. 

 

The cost of this treatment is usually $130 for a house in town.

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SPECIALISED ANT CONTROL


If you've seen them coming out of holes or cracks in the walls, the removal power points or light fittings may be necessary in order to treat inside the walls.


Sometimes people have got ants in places where sprays and powders can't be used, like in video cases, books or computers.

What we can do in these situations is to have all these items placed in large plastic rubbish sacks and fill them up with insect gas.


Leave them for a day or two in the bags and that'll kill any insects in there.



Usually $150-$200 for gassing plus $35 per power point if done on site with another job.

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 * For all Ant treatments, Maintain high standard of hygiene, especially in food areas. Ensure foodstuffs and provisions are stored in sealed containers.


** For all Spray treatments: Put food and toothbrushes away. Cover pillowcases and anything you do not want insecticide to be applied to. Pets and people outside for a few hours. Upon returning, ventilate the building, wipe down any areas subject to over-spray, and clean all food preparation areas. Refrain from wiping other treated areas for at least 3 months. Place clean paper linings in all cupboards and drawers before returning items. Sweep or vacuum dead insects as they appear.

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FOR OUT OF TOWN JOBS THERE MAY BE VEHICLE EXPENSES AND TRAVEL TIME TO ADD TO JOB COST.


Phone Larry & Jos on 0274927035

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