Coastal Brown Ant Facts, Identification and Treatment

Coastal brown ants are a common pest species in Western Australia. They have two kinds of worker ants: minor workers and major or soldier ants.

These ants do not sting but can annoy you when looking for food in your home or garden. They eat different things, but they like sweets and animal-based foods more.

Coastal brown ants are tiny, light brown ants with shiny dark brown abdomens. The minor workers are 2-3mm long, and the significant ants are bigger, 3.5-4.5mm long. The major ants have much larger heads than their bodies, making up only one per cent of the population.

The major or soldier worker ants are not aggressive. But they have strong jaws to cut big pieces of food into smaller ones. In addition, these ants do not smell when you crush them.

Coastal brown ants can nest in disturbed soils, flowerbeds, and under things like bricks, flowerpots, and cement slabs. They can also live near trees, water pipes, walkways, and places where the soil has been moved.

Even if you care for your lawn, you can still have coastal brown ant infestations. Sometimes you can see these ants along the edges where the lawn meets the walkway. Unfortunately, they can spread quickly to other areas to make new nests.

Coastal brown ants have four stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. They change entirely from one stage to another like other ant species. The queen ants can lay up to 290 eggs monthly that hatch within two to four weeks.

After hatching, the eggs turn into legless white larvae that worker ants look after. After a month, they become pupae, and adult workers come out within 10 to 20 days.

Signs and Risks of Coastal Brown Ants

You can tell if you have coastal brown ants by looking for small holes and piles of dirt in your yard. They may also enter your home and go after your pet’s food. A key sign of coastal brown ants is seeing two different sizes of ants on the same food source.

Coastal brown ants are not harmful to your property or health but can be annoying and unsightly. They can invade your kitchen, bathroom, driveway, and other areas. They can also make your place look dirty and unappealing to visitors.

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We have the skills and experience to eliminate any ants from your property. Our team of experts can diagnose the type of ant infestation and apply the proper treatment to stop them.

Our ant control experts use effective methods such as bait, traps, and other control techniques to remove these pests quickly and safely. So, no matter what kind of ants you have in your home or business, we can help you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find coastal brown ants?

Coastal brown ants are often seen in lawns, gardens, brick paving, wall cavities, roof voids, and other places where they can find food and shelter. They prefer warm and dry habitats and avoid moist areas.

Why are coastal brown ants a problem?

Coastal brown ants are problematic because they can displace native ants and other animals by competing for food and space. They can also damage plants by feeding on their sap or seeds. They can undermine paving stones or bricks by excavating soil underneath them. They can contaminate human food or cause allergic reactions by biting or stinging people.

What do coastal brown ants eat?

Coastal brown ants feed on various foods, such as seeds, insects, honeydew, plant sap, fruits, meats, fats, and human nutrition. They are especially attracted to sweet substances.