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As the summer fades as a warm distant memory into winter, there's war brewing in and around Auckland houses.

A war between two armies.  Armies of thousands versus thousands.  Their very survival is on the line. Its desperate times.

I am talking about the war that can happen at this time of year between two types of species of ants.

With dramatic effect. Customer calling ACES pest control in a panic as one army of ants retreats inside their home.

Normally these black ant live unseen and unnoticed in structure of a home. Suddenly customers call me saying they can see masses of smelly black ants in their hallway or around their kitchen or all over their house! Kgs of ants suddenly right in their home!

So what's chasing them inside?

Another ant species. A brown ant called the Argentine ant. Typically it surrounds the home. The Argentine is aggressive by nature and very high in  numbers. Its the end of summer their nest is at the peak of it size and suddenly with the onset of winter their exterior  food sources ( e.g. fruit and seeds) have dried up. So they find the trails of the black ant in your home and follow them looking for food.

The black ants can't stand the onslaught of these aggressive South American invaders. The black ants are surrounded, and there's only one way to go to escape. Inside your home! The black ant has a habit of in times of stress moving the entire nest. So not only do customers see kgs of ants they have never seen before, but they also bring all their white eggs and developing ants, which adds to general panic!

Hence the vigorous calls to ACES pest control.

For ACES its business as usual, when we take the pressure off the black ants by controlling the Argentine ants, its business as normal.

No more ants for the customers.

Hey it's what we do

written by Owen Stobart

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"ACES | ants  pest control Auckland,  is aware that this ant has been  found in New Zealand, but is generally uncommon. Careful management of this species is required otherwise you can trigger their "budding" mechanisms where queens leave the nest with workers and set up multiple remote nest sites. This makes the problem much worse. If you see the "golden" Pharaoh ant best to call the Professionals straight away!" 

As its name suggests, the pharaoh ant views itself as a ruler among ants, a real headache for home and business owners.

As its name suggests, the pharaoh ant certainly views itself as a ruler among ants and they can be a real headache for home and business owners, and the pest management professionals that are tasked with eliminating them.

Unlike other ant species that are easily traced by following visible trails, pharaoh ants do not necessarily follow specific trails when they forage for food and harborage. Combine that with their preference to establish nests in hard-to-reach locations like wall voids, subfloors and attics, and the pharaoh ant is a worthy adversary.

Pharaoh ants are a problem in both commercial and residential accounts. While primarily a nuisance in residential accounts, they can present a health threat in food processing and healthcare facilities, hotels and grocery stores because they can carry and leave behind harmful bacteria (i.e. Salmonella, E. coli) on surfaces they come in contact with.

Pharaoh ants are drawn to commercial facilities because of the warm, humid conditions and abundant food and water sources that are often found inside within commercial kitchens and laundries.

There have been numerous documented cases where pharaoh ants have posed a major threat in healthcare facilities  hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities  where they have entered patient wounds and IV bags seeking moisture.

Pharaoh ant colonies are large in size with multiple nests and when they are displaced  sometimes the result of a pesticide application  members will venture off and establish new colonies in a process called budding.

In residential homes, pharaoh ants typically nest near the kitchen including voids under cabinets, behind baseboards and under floors. They also use electrical, cable and telephone wiring as a highway system to travel through walls and between floorboards.

Considering the challenges pharaoh ants present, what are the best methods for combatting them?

John Judge, training specialist for Environmental Pest Services in Tampa, Fla., which manages operations in three different Southern states, says a proper inspection and strategic bait placements are key elements of a pharaoh ant management program.  The pharaoh ant is not hard to identify but when it splits off during the budding process it can move rapidly and infest the other side of the structure from where you originally found it, says Judge. Because of its mobility a technician must look at the whole house rather than just his or her inspection in one area.

The proper use of inspection tools (i.e. flashlights, probing tools, etc.) and knowledge of construction practices (i.e. identifying connecting walls, location of electrical wiring, etc.) will also help the technician track the source of the infestation and how it got there.

Pharaoh ants found on the outside of the structure should be lured away by the strategic use of baits and repeated treatments may be required to completely eliminate this pesky invader.

Judge says the customer also plays an important part in preventing pharaoh ant by following good sanitation practices.

Keeping kitchens and food preparation areas clean of spilled food and removing excess moisture and clutter will make those areas less attractive to pharaoh ants, says Judge. As with most pest issues securing customer buy-in goes a long way.

A proactive approach to pharaoh ant management with customers understanding how basic maintenance tasks and adhering to good sanitation practices will help mitigate the problem.

The Pharaoh Ant Profile

  1. Pharaoh ants are very small workers  about a 1/16 of an inch in length
  2. Coloration ranges from yellow to light brown
  3. They do not swarm and colonies can number in the hundreds of thousands
  4. Pharaoh ants can nest indoors and outdoors
  5. Indoors they will infest hard-to-reach areas including wall voids, subfloors and attics
  6. Their preferred diet includes sugary foods (syrups, fruit juices, jellies) but they will also eat dead and live insects


  • Seal all possible points of entry around the house including small openings and cracks around doors and windows
  • Keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles
  • Eliminate sources of standing water outside and use a dehumidifier indoors to prevent moisture buildup
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house

adapted from PCT online

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Man lets a bullet ant sting him on purpose and you’ll absolutely believe what happens next

ACES pest control have had their fare share of wasps stings, but that is rated 1 on a scale of 30. The bullet ant is rated the worse sting in the world for pain- that's number 30. So we can tell you this guy is 100% BONKERS

"About two months ago, we witnessed outdoor adventurer Coyote Peterson let a wasp known as a tarantula hawk sting him on his arm. Boasting the second most painful sting in the insect world, the tarantula hawk quickly had Peterson writhing on the ground in pain. And of course, it was all captured in a harrowing and altogether fascinating video.

Earlier this week, Coyote Peterson was at it again during an episode of Breaking Trail, this time taking things a bit further and letting himself get stung by a bullet ant, the insect widely believed to have the most painful sting in the world. The bullet ant typically inhabits rainforests in Central America, so odds are you don’t have to worry about coming into contact with one them. But if you’re sporting a name like Coyote Peterson, well, you pretty much have no choice but to seek out the bullet ant yourself.

According to the Schmidt Pain Index, the bullet ant, if I may repurpose some old Wu-Tang Clan lyrics, ain’t nothing to mess with. The resulting pain from a bullet ant sting is said to be extremely intense and feels like you’re “walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail in your heel.” Interestingly enough, the reason why this fearsome insect is called a ‘bullet ant’ is because its sting is said to be as painful as a gunshot.

And for reasons that defy explanation, our fearless hero Coyote Peterson thought it might be a fun idea to get stung by one of these creatures on purpose. Naturally, it was all recorded on video for our collective enjoyment/horror."

the video is next door in our you tube section ====> worth a look

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adapted from an article by Yoni Heisler

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“ACES pest control sees how smart insects are, in particular ants on a daily basis. 

In fact Universities once pondered why an ant would slave and give its life for the colony or nest when they get nothing in return. The answer was to be found in looking at the nest as a single organism. This maybe why ants seem so smart, because its the collective thinking of the nest we are seeing… an article on just how smart ants are. “

“The brain of an ant is the size of a pinhead”

Ants are even more impressive at navigating than we thought.
Scientists say they can follow a compass route, regardless of the direction in which they are facing.
It is the equivalent of trying to find your way home while walking backwards or even spinning round and round.
Experiments suggest ants keep to the right path by plotting the Sun’s position in the sky which they combine with visual information about their surroundings.
“Our main finding is that ants can decouple their direction of travel from their body orientation,” said Dr Antoine Wystrach of the University of Edinburgh and CNRS in Paris.
“They can maintain a direction of travel, let’s say north, independently of their current body orientation.”
Ants stand out in the insect world because of their navigational ability.
Living in large colonies, they need to forage for food and carry it back to their nest.
This often requires dragging food long distances backwards.
Scientists say that despite its small size, the brain of ants is remarkably sophisticated.
“They construct a more sophisticated representation of direction than we envisaged and they can incorporate or integrate information from different modalities into that representation,” Dr Wystrach added.

“It is the transfer of information aspect which implies synergy between different brain areas.”
UK and French researchers came up with their findings by studying desert ants.
Experiments suggest the ants kept to the right path by following celestial cues. They set off in the wrong direction if a mirror was used to obscure the Sun.
If they were travelling backwards, dragging food back to their nest, they combined this information with visual cues. They stopped, dropped the food and took a quick peek at their route.
Scientists say the work could have applications in designing computer algorithms to guide robots.
Prof Barbara Webb of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics said the ant can navigate much like a self-driving car.
“Ants have a relatively tiny brain, less than the size of a pinhead,” she said.
“Yet they can navigate successfully under many difficult conditions, including going backwards.
“Understanding their behaviour gives us new insights into brain function and has inspired us to build robot systems that mimic their functions.”
She said they have been able to model the neural circuits in the ant’s brain.
The hope is to develop robots that can navigate in natural areas such as forests.

The research is published in the journal Current Biology.

By Helen Briggs