Residents Attack Against Ant Invaders

March 19, 2018

Raumati residents have met to discuss how to eradicate the invasive Argentine ants in their homes.


During the weekend meeting, people were told of a low-cost Borax baiting method, a baiting workshop was organized and a commitment was made to holding community baiting days for maximum impact this spring.


Raumati South Residents Association spokesperson Guy Burns told TV One news residents found ants in cars and even in a dishwasher, during the peak of this summer.


According to Landcare Research the honey brown ant species lives in large colonies and was first found in Auckland in 1990 during a rehearsal for the Commonwealth Games opening.


They're now widespread in many spots around the North Island and several areas of the South Island, including Christchurch.


The dry, sandy soils of the area mixed with Kapiti's warmer climate and a hot summer appears to have been perfect conditions for the Argentine ant.


Mr Burns says "People were seriously affected by it."


Department of Conservation technical advisor Chris Green says "it has an ongoing surveillance and control programme for the ants in conservation land, but in residential areas it's up to councils and residents to manage them."


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