Do you see black ants and ant nests in Canberra?

Ants and ant nests are one of the most common pest control problems in Canberra these tiny species of ant are call the black house ant (Ridomyrmex glaber) and white footed house ant (Technomyrmex albipes) these ants drive people crazy as one minute there are just a few and like magic next time you look there are many.

The reason why ants and ant nests are difficult to control is that they nest under paths, in wall cavities, in potted plants or garden beds they can even be under the house, roof or come in from a neighbour’s house!

How do I know if I have an ant infestation?

There are a number of signs that you have an ant pest control problem simply the numbers of ants when you open the pantry or if you see them across your bench and no matter how many times you wipe the ants away more come to replace the ones you got rid of!

If you’re worried you have an ant infestation, here are four signs that could confirm your suspicion:

  1. Ants covered exposed food
  2. Your pet’s food bowl has been infiltrated
  3. You notice scout ants walking around
  4. You follow the line of ants from where they are foraging and discover the ant nest

What to do about killing little black ants and ant nests?

There are a few homemade remedies that tend to have limited success but are worth having a try at to get rid of them, but to permanently eradicate them the only way to do this is to call in a reputable pest control company like A1 Pest Control Canberra who will use treatments that they are licensed to use.

In the meantime let’s go back to ingredients you can use to either spray or bait the black ants.

  • Fill a spray bottle with 50/50 water and vinegar spray the trail line
    this works well with ammonia mixed the same way.
  • Mix equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar together. Pour the mixture into a shallow container or bowl, then place it near the line of ants. The powdered sugar will attract the ants to the mixture. The ants will take it back to their nest and eat it.
  • Borax (can be found in the laundry section in bigger grocery chains like Coles or Woolworths) bait can be made a few ways one way is to mix 1 part borax with 2 parts peanut butter. This mixture is good as it can be smeared on a wall where the ants are and taken back to the nest.
  • Equal parts of borax and sugar pour over hot water stir until dissolved and then soak cotton balls in the mixture and put the balls in the forage line and near the nest. The sugar attracts the ants who eat the sugar and take it back to the nest – hopefully that is the end of the pest problem.

Helpful tips to keep black ants out of your home.

  • Some of these tips will be obvious and some not. One of the first things you do is get inside the pantry and give sauce, jams and syrup bottles a good wipe down.
  • Keep biscuits and cakes in a container that you can seal.
  • Don’t leave pet food out overnight.
  • Wipe down bench tops sweep up crumbs
  • Regular vacuuming.
  • Check dripping or leaking taps

Part of your home maintenance should always get pest control done at least once a year, more visits are needed for commercial properties where there is food preparation such as restaurants.

A1 Pest Control Canberra uses quality pest control treatments that are effective, environmentally friendly and most important pet and people friendly.

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A1 Pest Control Canberra is based in the Curtin Woden area and we have a strong sense of community belonging since being here over 30 years and unlike our competitors who are multi-national companies that send their profits back overseas we are proudly Australian and keep developing our local talent and all profits remain in Canberra.

If this is the first time to this page you are no doubt looking for a pest control company that can help get rid of your pests and also maintain your property with regular termite management and general pest treatments for both domestic and commercial properties.


There are many common pests that are unwanted and find their way into our home or property the pests can bite or sting you and in some cases especially in food areas can make you very sick and if you have an allergic reaction and can have you fighting for your life if you have been stung.

Pest control is something that is needed especially around spring and the warmer months where pests have been dormant over winter and the first signs of spring they come out in their numbers where many have a quick breeding cycle and where you end up with an infestation.

  • Cockroaches
  • Spiders
  • Ants
  • Slaters
  • Paper wasp
  • European wasp
  • Carpet moths
  • Bed bugs
  • Possum
  • Birds
  • Bees

Pests that are a big concern is a pest called the European Wasp which have their hive built under the eaves or they can build underground in garden beds. Why are these pests a concern to pets and small children? Because they may get too close to the hive as they are curious and this signals to the EW that the hive is under attack and not just one but the whole hive will attack the person. What is more concerning is that each European Wasp is capable of stinging 9 times.

A1 Pest Control Canberra wears a bee suit and hood when treating for either bees and European Wasps and the technicians still get stung. Stay away from hives and call in the professionals to get rid of the nest.


We recommend at least once per year but if you have never had pest control done before to get better results book in twice a year for the first year and then annual pest control treatments.


Termite inspections should be done on an annual basis due to the fact that the Queen Termite produces 30,000 live termites a day and when the termite soldiers go looking for timber they can travel up to 200 metres away from the nest in search of their food.

Many property owners are not aware that they even have termites eating away at their biggest asset their home, as termites eat the timber from the inside out and they do not see the termites until they go through the floor or they touch a beam and it crumbles in their hand. Termite damage can run into many thousands of dollars none of which is covered by insurance.



  • Visual inspection
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Pre-construction termite barriers
  • Renovation termite barriers
  • Physical and chemical termite barriers

We install all barriers according to the Australian Standards: Australian Standard 3660.1 – 2014 Termite Management – New Building Work is referenced in the Building Code of Australia (BCA). It is part of a trilogy of standards including Part 2 that deals with existing buildings and Part 3 that deals with assessment for termite management systems.



We look after all pest control for hotels, restaurants, pre-schools, schools, dentist and a whole range of varied commercial premises.


You need regular pest control treatments to keep your patrons healthy and to keep you compliant when the Health Department comes around for spot checks.


We look at the commercial premises and recommend regular pest control visits. In the report, we write up and we discuss with your areas of concern and recommendations on how to clean the area more efficiently. The report will also cover what pests we treated, what preparation and measurements that we used and if there was an issue this would also be highlighted.

Having all of this written up and kept in a folder so if any Health Department official of yourself can reference the folder to ensure you cover any recommendations.

Call our team on 0407 065 413 for any pest control issues.



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Just want to let you know without showing off I was a Finalist on the weekend for “Professional Women in Pest Control” I am still excited about how I was nominated over 200 women across Australia….anyhow….

SPRINGTIME is a time where pests that have been hibernating and breeding through the cooler months are hungry and come out with their young.

CLEANLINESS along with fixing dripping taps is still a major deterrent against rodents and cockroaches. 


SPIDERS are keen to make their webs. TIP when you have pest control leave the web up for 10 days as the treatment will continue killing any new spiders that move in.



POSSUMS are still around as food supply is still low – please do not feed them the bread you give them can kill them.



TERMITES can be all year around and should be included in your annual maintenance.






For ANY pest problem please call our team on 0407 065 413


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Women Making Waves in Male Dominated Jobs

Firstly, I am writing this article about women making waves in male dominated jobs not because I am wanting to cause an uprise and burn my bra all for the sake of the feminist movement I am writing because women make the moves silently and without fuss in industries where they are making a difference. Why?

Because there should never be gender specific jobs you should be able to apply yourself to any job not depending on whether you are male or female.

For me I am a business woman who runs both brick and mortar businesses as well as online and have clients in varied business backgrounds.

In 2011 I started a pest control business A1 Pest Control Canberra where I placed my partner at the front of the business while I did the marketing, spoke to clients and looked for new and novel ways to leverage the business.


Women predominately need support as we are natural communicators and nurturers but when I started out there was no groups in my industry at all so it was a little lonely but at the time I was building my business and had no time to look around and think I am a woman in a man’s industry the thought never passed my mind.


I approached a woman who was going to be a speaker at the Rapid pest control conference her name was  Nicole Turner who has started women in pest management group and she herself was has a pest control business.

I loved what this woman was about and we chatted for ages about our business and the challenges we faced and from this conversation I was nominated by someone in my team for the PWAPM Excellence Award and last night I found that I was a finalist for this first-time women in pest management award to be announced at the conference 10 August 2019.

Looking forward to this event to then go on to encourage more women into the pest control industry…wish me luck!

Women Making Waves in Male Dominated Jobs – Jenny Jordan

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How to get rid of German Cockroaches

Did you know that cockroaches can survive for 3 months without eating?

In the meantime, they are looking for damp, dark, dark, wet places to hide. This can be under white goods such as the dishwasher, under the fridge or microwave.

The problems with cockroaches are known to carry diseases and can cause allergic reactions, sickness and in some cases death.


Mostly they are after human food, dog food or bird food so containers need to shut tightly. Do no leave packet contents just folded down or they will find a way in and as disgusting as it is vomit or urinate on the contents contaminating the food!


* Pack dishes in the dishwasher or hand wash
* Wipe down sinks, sweep floors
* Do not leave food out.


If you are you have a bigger problem than first thought as cockroaches normally forage for food in the quietness of night. As the are prolific breeders you have now got an infestation and need IMMEDIATE HELP to break the breeding cycle and get rid of cockroaches once and for all.

CALL 0407 065 413 TODAY for all your pest problems.

HERE in the video below Bruce Gow explains about German Cockroach problem and how to treat them.

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Pre-Construction Termite Barriers – A1 Pest Control Canberra

Why you need a pre-construction termite barriers

One of the most important decisions you will make when building your property is how to protect your investment against termites and there is no better way to do this at the time with a pre-construction termite barrier. A1 Pest Control Canberra is a trusted installer and well known amongst builders.

The purpose of a termite management system is to deter hidden termite entry and stop the risk of termite attack.

Why Pre-Construction Termite Barriers Are Important?

  • Termites and are active in all mainland areas of Australia
  • 34,000 homes each year are attacked by termites
  • The average damage cost is approximately $10,000.00 with some homes having to be knocked down completely!
  • Insurance does NOT cover Termite damage steel roof homes are not termite proof. Other areas of the home are still vulnerable to termite attack. For example, timber floor, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, even electrical wiring problems.

 Did you know….

Under the Building Regulations, your new home must be fitted with a termite management system or be built with termite resistant structural materials?

As the new property owner you can choose the type of termite protection installed before the commencement of construction this is the only opportunity you have.

A1 Pest Control Canberra has been installing termite pre-construction termite barriers and post construction barriers for the older properties for many years, in fact we are the experts when it comes to termites’ period.

As specialist in termite barriers leading builders sought our help and advice when it comes to help choosing the right termite management system for the property.

A few of the options we have but not limited to include:

  • Chemical Reticulation Soil Treatment Systems
    These are rechargeable, piping systems that deliver liquid termiticide the soil next to critical areas under and around the house. The treated soil is a deterrent to termites. As any termiticide will break down in a few years, reticulation systems offer the benefit of being able to retreatment the soil without disruption.
  • Hand Sprayed Chemical Soil Treatments
    Mainly now only used in Western Australia, this method involves the application of a termiticide to the soil under the slab, garage floor and around the outside walls. The treated soil is a deterrent to termites. To increase the level of protection with this method, we also install other service penetrations. The perimeter chemically treated soil will break down within 5 years and further re-treatments will be required to maintain the effectiveness of the soil to ensure that the treatment remains effective.Trithor is a unique Thermo-compression Technology™ that locks the deltamethrin into the inner core before it is laminated top and bottom with a rugged plastic membrane. This means it is non-hazardous to anyone handling the product or who comes into contact with it. This product has a 50-year warranty with it. Trithor is an exceptionally tough and flexible termite security system, with proven performance that doesn’t cost the earth.


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Dead Rat Mice Removal For Pests That Don’t Go Away To Die

Just imagine that you have gone down to Bunnings or similar and purchased some rat bait and you have gone up into the roof void sprinkling the bait around ignoring the directions on the packet as a little more is better, right?

Then a week to a month passes by and you can no longer here scratching and scurrying around and congratulate yourself on a job well done but then you smell something that smells bad and you check the refrigerator for something pushed to the back that may have turned green but on this occasion can’t find anything.

The smell continues and you wipe out the kitchen bins as that may be the problem but the smell persists and now can’t be ignored it’s overpowering.

This happened to a customer of ours who while stirring a pot on the stove live maggots fell from the exhaust fan into what she was cooking.

A1 Pest Control Canberra finds and removes dead bodies of pests that get trapped and die, we also put in an odour bag that absorbs the smell almost immediately NOT mask the smell gets rid of the smell.

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Unfortunately, some food places put profits before people and risk not only their reputations but can make some ill or at the extreme kill their patrons.

The Health Department can step in and serve Provisional Improvement Notices (PIN) serving the notice on the food premises to correct what the Department stated was wrong this PIN can stay in place and the eatery remains closed until the issue is addressed.


Regular pest control services every 3 -6 months to eliminate pests problems and prevent infestations where food can become contaminated and make people sick.

The pest technician will give a report which is kept and presented to any Health Department officials who do random checks on eateries.

CALL 0407 065 413 Let our team help you.

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Nothing like the start of spring that makes everything grow and the insects and pests start tobe noticed again.


Termites are the silent pests and you really are not aware that they are around until you see evidence or damage first hand. If you are out in the garden take a look at trees, fence lines or the tree you cut down and left the stump as that is what they love – soft wood. People are under the impression that insurance covers the damage these pests cause and 99% insurance policies DO NOT cover termite damage.

We offer a $2M 8 year assurance policy when we do our termite barriers so definitely worth getting us to inspect and or treat your property as we use only quality treatments


We get a lot of call outs for these pest and if there is one thing I will say is DON’T disturb them at all we have protective clothing and they still manage to sting us. What happens is that when disturbed the whole nest attacks and unlike bees who sting once they sting multiple times.

If your in the garden be careful as European wasps nest can sometimes be underground. We had a nest that was the size of a basketball that we removed last season.


We know that bees are in the news at the moment and we always refer our calls to beekeepers to remove unwanted nests but there are times when bees can not be accessed and they become a risk to humans when they are inside walls and hard to get to places and we need to kill them so that they don’t sting humans and pets.


Like spring cleaning now is a great time to treat your property with a general pest treatment. We get asked about spiders and we can treat those for you and will spray their webs, many people though get a broom after we go to take down the web not thinking the treatment will be active for many weeks to come to new spiders that visit the web. So leave the web up for 3-5 weeks for longer term treatment.

Call Bob 0407 065 413 for all your pest needs or go to our website at


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A1 Pest Control Canberra Has Raving Fans

Today I saw online that A1 Pest Control Canberra has raving fans not the odd star or the odd 5 stars but we have got many reviews while our competitors are the ones with the odd star or two.

What it means is that the people that are our customers take the time to write a review on the services that we provided and the education that we have given them on how to get the most out of their treatments.

We do this as our customers are like gold to us and we give them the information and attention they deserve to help them.  Especially if its possums on roofs where we capture and release possums but many times we will replace broken tiles, or we can see where they are gaining entry and seal the area up once they are removed.

Going the extra mile we know is appreciated by the elderly especially as they worry about the possums coming back.

Many other pest control companies are watching the clock and some even cut corners or use inferior products to save themselves money but this backfires as the customer will call them back again as the pests have returned.

Getting back to the star ratings, today we look for star ratings for holiday, when buying books, going to the movies, recipes basically anything you can think of has a star rating beside it.  In fact its been proven that people look for the star ratings before going to the website.

For our pest control company we don’t take reviews lightly, to us it means our customers have taken time out of their day as a way of thanking us for doing what we do normally day in dayout. Next time you are looking for pest treatments for your home or commercial property take the time to look for the stars that give you the customer service you deserve.

Call Bob 0407 065 413or visit our website

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Every Professional Pest Manager should be on Facebook

If you are a professional pest manager and you are not on Facebook you are not where your customers are so this is what you should be doing to get in front of your audience.

The days of placing a few ads in print in the local classifieds is now dying a slow death with many people turning to social media and different forms of electronic print as a way of communicating and keeping up with family and friends, for anyone in the pest control industry – guess what? That is where your future clients are.

For those that have been around for a long while in business they may still be spending a ton of money on Google Adwords. That was at one stage cheap and economical to run ads and to be honest it was a gold mine where adsense ads placed on website would be a way to generate an extra from of income.


Knowing now that your clients are on social media you must too get onboard and not miss the wave that is currently happening.

A business page in FB with your branding in the header along with your logo or tag line is a must.

Use your page to update customers of new things in the industry and hints and tips that you have that will help your current customers and educate your new would be customers.


Make the posts helpful give background information about individual pests. Tell of the breeding cycle and what a professional manager does for an infestation for instance.

Also after care for instance if it is possums you may want to note to rake up fruit and cut back branches along with mending broken tiles and other areas that possums could gain entry.


What you may not know is that FB ads can be very targeted if you only want to target a certain area you can do this and either do a boost ad which you can do after writing a post or you can do ad campaign that will do 3 versions of your ad and then you can see which ads is more effective.

Only start small though at $5 per day you can advertise.


Run a campaign to get people like your page as we are growing our list and we will be able to target those that like our page later on.


Use only good quality pictures with a strong call to action to either get those people to go to your website and from there we can get them to contact you.


Re-targeting what this means is that you have a pixel or a piece of code that is dropped on your website and when the person comes to the page they will go back to their FB page and all of a sudden your ad will start following them around for weeks. This is totally amazing and good use of your marketing dollar.


I don’t blame you in the least its like being hit with a fire hose with all of this extra info!

If this is all too much too hard or takes up too much time then you need to contact us at or email or the old fashion way call Jenny on 0488 404 885 TODAY I will be able to do this all for you and more.

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There is an old saying “you get what you pay for” and its really true as time and time again our company is called in to “re-do” problem pest areas that were treated by other companies.

The deal that you shopped around for until you got that bargain is not a great deal if:

1) it does not solve your problem as inferior products are used
2) the treatment only last as long as the pest control company
is there!

Seriously, if you get a quote for termites that is really cheap the question you should be asking is “are you licensed?” and “what products will you be using?”


We are fully licensed and we only use Termidor which gives YOU Termidor Chemical Barriers BASF product 8 year warranty and $2 million assurance warranty!

This is something that other inferior products will not give.

Call Bob TODAY for on time every time excellent customer service. 0407 065 413

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We are really blessed to live in the “bush capital” but knowing we are surrounded by bush land along with many of the older suburbs are under attack by termites.

The funny thing is that these reports now are not just because termites have been found through normal annual pest control its because the termites have been munching away undisturbed and we get strange calls like “I was just just leaning on the door frame and it collapsed” or “I saw a small hole around the window and now I can see its been eaten away.”

1) don’t wait til you have a problem with termites its a bigger and more expensive for you
2) an inspection is like a warranty though to ensure that you have not got termites its a little price to pay against expensive structural repairs.
3) If you see our truck in your street and we are treating termites BOOK an inspection with us IMMEDIATELY! We chase the termites out before we do the treatment and barriers….so the termites look for NEW homes so it could be your place that they move into!

Call Bob TODAY 0407 065 413

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