How to get rid of ants

Mastering Ant Control

Ants are tiny, persistent insects that can quickly become a nuisance in your home. From kitchen invasions to garden infestations, ants seem to find their way into every nook and cranny. While their diligent teamwork is impressive, it’s certainly not welcome when it’s happening in your space.

Identifying Ant Species in NZ

New Zealand is home to several ant species, including the Argentine ant, the Darwin ant, and the white-footed house ant. Identifying the species invading your space is crucial because it determines the most effective removal methods. Argentine ants, for example, often form massive colonies, while Darwin ants tend to be more elusive.

Understanding Ant Behavior

Ants follow distinct behavioural patterns. They forage for food and water, establish nests, and communicate using chemical trails. Understanding these habits is key to effective ant control. By knowing where they forage and nest, you can disrupt their activities.

Identifying Ant Infestations

Recognizing an ant infestation is crucial for effective control. Look for telltale signs such as visible ant trails, small piles of soil, or discarded wings. Ants often nest in hidden places, making it important to identify common nesting sites.

Prevention Is Key

Preventing ants from entering your home is the first line of defence. Seal entry points, regularly sweep and mop floors, wipe down countertops, and ensure your kitchen is free from food debris, clean up spills and crumbs promptly, and eliminate attractants like open food containers. Prevention is always better than dealing with an infestation.

Ant Control Methods

DIY Solutions – Homemade Ant Traps

If you’re dealing with a minor ant problem, you can try these do-it-yourself solutions.

Create your ant traps by mixing sugar and borax in equal parts. Place these traps near ant entry points, and the ants will be drawn to the sweet bait and carry the borax back to their nest, effectively eliminating the colony.

Also, a mixture of vinegar and water, or lemon juice, can be used to clean surfaces and disrupt ant chemical trails. This deters ants from returning to the same locations.

If your DIY efforts are not producing the desired results, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Professional Pest-Control

If your ant infestation is severe, recurring, or involves species that are difficult to control, it’s time to call in the experts. Pest control professionals have the knowledge and equipment to handle even the most challenging ant problems.


In the battle against ant infestations in New Zealand, knowledge is your most powerful weapon. By gaining an understanding of different ant species, their behavior, and the signs of infestations, you can take proactive steps to prevent them from invading your home. DIY solutions, such as homemade ant traps and natural repellents, can be effective for minor problems. However, when faced with severe or recurring infestations, it’s essential to enlist the help of professional pest control experts. With their expertise and specialized equipment, they can effectively tackle even the most challenging ant issues. Don’t let ants overrun your living space; take action today to maintain an ant-free environment. Contact Nexus Pest Control, and let us help you reclaim your home from these persistent invaders. Together, we can ensure a pest-free and peaceful living environment. Call us now to schedule an inspection and secure your home’s comfort and cleanliness.