“The Raumati South Residents’ Association continues its war on ants with the announcement of 23 and 24 March as our third Kapiti ant baiting weekend” says President Trevor Daniell.
“In coordination with the baiting day, we have engaged The Shed Project to distribute ready-made borax bait stations. The coordinated community baiting of a wide area is the best way to tackle the invasive Argentine ant and reduce their numbers.
“Jenny Scott of RSRA has done an amazing job of facilitating action across Kapiti. In a trial of 30 households in Raumati South, there has been a marked reduction in ant numbers. Where efforts between neighbours have been consistent and co-operative, results have been spectacular, but there is a long way to go before we get adequate control. Between October 2018 and the end of January this year we had over 200 inquiries and deliveries of online information packs. Over 3,600 bait stations and 50 ant bait-cartridges have been sold.
“We are looking to simplify the process of providing information and bait distribution. A new Facebook page (@kapiticoastants) has been created as an information hub. For those not using Facebook there will be updates via local newspapers, community notice boards and e-mail.
“Locals have a couple of options for ant control. Employ a private contractor or take a do-it-yourself approach using either commercial bait or borax bait.
“Commercial bait such as Vanquish Pro can be purchased online and we are trying to arrange for this bait to be available locally. Borax baiting is a cheaper method and ready-made bait stations are available from The Shed Project in Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu at $12 for an ice-cream container of 36 bait stations. Vanquish is fast acting, whereas borax baits may take six weeks or longer. There are other baits available from hardware stores, but be aware that it is essential to use the correct type of bait with Argentine ants, as using the wrong bait can increase their numbers.
“Whatever option you choose, it is more effective and less costly to talk and cooperate with your neighbours. Successful ant control is possible, but requires education, persistence, a good distribution system, and council support.”