Ants belong to order of insects known as Hymenoptera, which includes some of the most highly evolved insects. They have a caste system by which nest building, nursing of the young and foraging for food is undertaken by workers (sterile females), reproduction is performed by fertile females (queens) and males are responsible for the fertilization of the queens.
The nests of ants are usually located in shallow soil, hollow spaces in walls or cavity walls, under paving stones, concrete slabs and foundations of buildings.
New ant colonies are usually produced by a mating flight: males and females fly from the nest and mate in the air or on the ground. After mating females form a brood chamber and begin laying eggs. Workers of the first brood forage and feed the queen, expand the nest, and care for the next brood. The founding queen continues to lay eggs and remains in the nest.
When the colony reaches a certain size the queen lays eggs that develop into reproductive females and males.
There are about 10,000 different species of ants known in the world today. There are currently about 35 confirmed species from 23 genera in New Zealand. Of these, only 10 are native species, 9 of which are found only (endemic) in New Zealand. The endemic species are generally widespread geographically, mainly in forested habitats.
Ants live in large colonies found in ceilings, walls, and basements. While they are not necessarily selective regarding where they live many struggle to manage infestations themselves. They are an annoyance but also pose a hygiene risk for food storage and electrical circuit problems in the home. We have effective and approved methods for ant management, including Argentinian ant control in Kapiti and surrounds. Common NZ home invaders include the black house ant, the coastal brown ant, the white-footed house ant and the slightly more dangerous Argentine ant.
Wood-boring Beetles: also known as woodworm, can cause significant damage to the structure of your building if an infestation is allowed to develop. Often the problem can go undetected until it’s too late. We can conduct a thorough inspection and implement borer control in wellington and surrounds if needed. Wood borers love humidity; they become particularly problematic in coastal regions. Wood Borers are also attracted to fir, pine, spruce woods and softer woods found in old homes. If your house was built before 1955, contact The Pest Man for an assessment of your structural timbers and borer treatment in Palmerston North and surrounds.
Most spiders can deliver a poisonous bite, but few of them have mandibles that can penetrate human skin. When they do, the venom is usually harmless. Spiders can live almost anywhere in your building, and it’s difficult to determine the full extent of the problem. NZ is home to 2500 spider species, all but approximately 40 of the native. The common species in urban areas include the Avondale Spider, Black Tunnelweb Spider, Daddy-Long-Legs or Cellar Spider, False Katipo Spider, Katipo Spider, Redback Spider, Sheet Web Spider, White-Tailed Spider. The Pest Man offers effective removal, identification, and infestation control for your home.
Fleas love warmth; that’s why they love your home. They can be found indoors in narrow cracks where your pets sleep. Fleas are also found outdoors in very humid environments. Fleas can enter buildings that do not have pets; they can enter on peoples’ shoes and clothes and jump up 15 cm. Fleas don’t require a continual food source. Populations can grow out of control, even in empty buildings where larvae or cocoons are present. We take measured and targeted steps to stop the spread of fleas, eradicate them & prevent future infestation. The Pest Man’s controlling agents are non-invasive & pet friendly.
Rodents live in family groups, so if you see one, there are probably a lot more. We are often called out for rodent control from Wellington to Palmerston North and everywhere in-between. Rodents chew through home structures, wiring and plumbing. Mice & rats will enter buildings looking for shelter, food, and water. They will gain entry to properties through cracks and holes and can also chew entrance holes of their own. Rats are considered invasive predators species.