Michael Freeman, Ant Eradication Project Manager for Raumati South Residents' Association.
Michael Freeman, Project Manager for the Raumati South Residents' Association's ant eradication programme says their ant baiting weekend has finished and an ant control zone has been established in Raumati South.
"The control zone is within an area bordered by Dell Road, Poplar Avenue and includes a part of Queen Elizabeth Park in Raumati South. Within the zone residents are working together; baiting sections to knock back the huge number of ants that exist. We are pleased that a part of QE Park is being baited by Greater Wellington Regional Council to control the impact of Argentine ants. Hopefully, Kapiti Coast District Council will follow suit and allocate resources to towards tackling the ant problem, says Mr Freeman.
"Our Association has recently carried out a research project and found 89 percent of those laying bait could claim some success. A key finding of concern was that people are not coordinating and talking to neighbours; only 3 percent could confirm that their immediate neighbours baited. Neighbour engagement is critical, and one of the main factors whether baiting will be successful or not."
Mr Freeman says with the cooler weather, ant activity will virtually cease as they hibernate.
"We are planning another ant baiting weekend for 19 and 20 October when the weather warms up. We urge householders to note this date, talk to neighbours and start planning their ant baiting."