The Green Weaver Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) is a pest that every North Queenslander would know about. From mowing lawns to gardening to climbing trees and sometimes just walking past a plant, we have all felt the bite of the Green Ant.
The Green Ant is roughly 5 mm - 10 mm in size and they are easy to spot from their yellow abdomen with their distinct green thorax. They also build noticeable nests in the branches and leaves of many trees.
The Green Ant is generally an outdoors ant only but on occasions they may venture inside, but more often than not you will notice them in your gardens/trees and sometimes trailing around the external walls of your home.
They build their nests by making bodily chains and pulling the leaves of a plant together and then stitching the leaves together with silk produced by special glands in the larvae.
There are many things a home owner can do to help prevent Green Ant problems around their homes and one of the main things is to try and keep plants/trees from touching the external walls of your house as this allows the ants easy access to your home. We recommend either cutting back the trees or hiring a treelopper if the trees are too large to handle yourself.
Another technique that many people know about is the method of placing a small amount of a non-repellent pesticide in a small container of tuna/cat mince etc. The ants will feed on the tuna/cat mince and then after a day or so would have completely disappeared.
If you're having trouble with Green Ants then please contact Pest Off Solutions and we can eliminate them from your property.