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Ant-icipation

Postby fathermaguire » Wed May 18, 2011 9:54 am

Just saw this pop up on inmycommunity.com.au.

Ants, or moreso their behaviour, have popped up a few times before on WAWG. Ant-watchers - you are not alone.

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Re: Ant-icipation

Postby Lert » Wed May 18, 2011 10:05 am

Black cockys work sometimes too although they seem less reliable lately..
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Re: Ant-icipation

Postby silvercloud » Wed May 18, 2011 10:32 am

We get the flying ants a day or two before rain. I watch the scurrying type ants too. Black cockies aren't a very good indicator down here as they are around too frequently.

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Re: Ant-icipation

Postby Storm Wolf » Thu May 19, 2011 6:21 pm

All I know is the ants drive me effing insane. They are everywhere.

I heard some Carnaby's Cockatoos the other day.
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Re: Ant-icipation

Postby silvercloud » Thu May 19, 2011 6:46 pm

There was a couple of red tails hanging in the trees in the block next to mine today. Haven't seen them for a little while. :D

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Re: Ant-icipation

Postby Fu Manchu » Thu May 19, 2011 6:52 pm

Oh wow :) We don't see them out this way very much. More in the hills and Southern Coastal Plain. Just beautiful birds :)

The poor old Carnabys. Their routine that has done them true for 1000's of years is up the creek :( Drying soils mean the thirsty Banksias are dying off along the coastal plain. Such an important food source for them. :( Farmers clearing nesting sites :(

Ants will do your head in. However it is the Coastal Brown Ant we need to be most concerned with. It needs to go.
http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/objtwr/impor ... n_ants.pdf
http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/Find+out+about ... +Brown+Ant

Nothing but Amdro is effective on them. Not only that but the methods used to apply it also are critical to the success of eradicating them.
Other pesticides like Bifenthrin or the poorer choice of Permethrin are only going to act as replants. They ants simply move a few metres away. I prefer not to use either of those two. Just use Amdro. Can't afford it? Add up how many cheap ant killers you will use and it suddenly becomes good value.


So native ants are highly affective for weather watching. :) Coastal Brown ants are not. I am so glad others are watching ants :lol: ... I hope :)

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Re: Ant-icipation

Postby silvercloud » Thu May 19, 2011 7:11 pm

Ants are fascinating critters though I'm not too enamoured of the meat ants.

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