Mildura Weekly : Friday January 9 Vol 9 No 9 2015
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU • From Page 7 “Like their name suggests, sugar ants do in- deed like to eat sugar and all things sweet but they aren’t fussy and will go for a wide range of foods from insects to seeds. So you can thank these ants for helping to keep your backyard clean and tidy,” she said. “During the summer months, sugar ants become much more active as the heat and wet weather drives them out of their nests to ex- plore their surroundings,” Susanna said. “Sugar ants are great little weather pre- dictors. If you see hundreds of ants running around the place in a frenzy, chances are they are trying to find somewhere dry before a storm, so it might be a good time to get your washing off the line!” Well they’ve certainly been on the move around my home! Unfortunately, both in- doors and out, but they way they have been behaving we’re in for a decent downpour... or two! So, here are Susanna’s tips for living with sugar ants: · Make sure the ants aren’t enticed into your home by keeping all your ingredients in sealed containers, and your kitchen surfaces free from crumbs. · These ants actually prefer to stay out- side so by making your garden more sugar ant friendly, they will have no reason to leave their comfy homes. They love leaf litter and bushes that attract their sap-sucking buddies, which they collect honeydew from. · Ants hate citric acid so a safe and natu- ral way to keep them out of your house is to make a lemon and water mixture and spray it around the perimeter of your house. If you know where the ants are getting in, spray just lemon juice around the spot. “Ants are the great vacuum cleaners of our natural world. Without them we would have plenty of old food and dead insects ly- ing around. Plus ants help aerate our soils and bring seeds into their underground nests that help grow our forests,” Susanna said. “Much like farmers tending their live- stock, the sugar ants often tend aphids, cat- erpillars and other sap-feeding insects. They move these insects to better ‘pastures’ and protect them from predators. Some of our common nocturnal sugar ants have even gone as far as bringing caterpillars and other bugs into their nests during the day and then escorting them back outside under the cover of darkness.” “This is a mutually beneficial arrange- ment as the ants eat the ‘honeydew’ secreted by the insects and, in turn, the insect gets the protection of the whole ant colony. “Some of Australia’s rare butterflies actu- ally rely on this help from the sugar ants to complete their life cycle. “There are hundreds of different types of sugar ants all over Australia.” Will the rain save me from an ant invasion? MILDURA’S Joanne Zappia couldn’t have asked for a better start to the New Year! The 18-year-old was this week named the winner of Markwell’s Auto Group’s ‘$10,000, 10-year giveaway’ promotion. A delighted Joanne said her win – $10,000 in cold hard cash – had come as a complete shock. “I never win anything,” she said. “I was really surprised to get the call on Christmas Eve to say I had won. “It’s the best Christmas present I could have asked for!” The promotion was held to help celebrate Markwell’s Auto Group’s 10th birthday, with all customers who pur- chased a new Toyota, Mazda, BMW or used vehicle throughout the promotion going into the draw. Joanne went into the running after purchasing her very first car – a used Hyundai i30 – joining more than 300 potential winners in the process. Markell’s Auto Group principal dealer, Rod Markwell, said he was ec- static to see the prize go to such a wor- thy individual. “What a great story – an 18-year-old first car buyer rewarded in such a way,” he said. “We couldn’t have asked for a bet- ter recipient, and I’m sure this win will make things just a little bit easier for Joanne going forward.” Joanne, a part-time Target employ- ee, said she planned on putting her win- nings toward a future university degree. “I’m taking a gap year to save a bit of money, with the plan to head to Mel- bourne next year to complete a mas- seuse course at either RMIT or Deakin University,” she said. “This will certainly help, and I can’t thank Markwell’s Auto Group enough for looking after me when I purchased my car, and for this incredible oppor- tunity.” Joanne’s New Year off to a fine start Pig control workshop at Buronga LOCAL Land Services Western Region will host a one-day pig control workshop in Buronga later this month in a bid to help landholders better manage feral pigs on their properties. The workshop will be run by Barry Kelly from ‘Got a Bug,’ and will cover how to set up, use and monitor ‘Hog Hoppers,’ pig traps and trail cameras. Landholders, other agencies, Landcare and farmer groups are welcome to attend the session, with all participants to receive trap handlers accreditation following its completion. The workshop will be held on Tues- day, January 20, at Local Land Services’ 32 Enterprise Way headquarters, with Land Services officer, Tanya Cooper, saying that the session would include practical dem- onstrations and lunch. “These are practical sessions to help landholders and Landcare group members gain a better appreciation for the pig con- trol measures that are available,” she said. “Barry Kelly has a wealth of knowledge in which control methods work for par- ticular situations, and is keen to pass on his knowledge on the use of traps, cameras and Hog Hoppers for trapping feral pigs.” A second session will be held at the Balranald Homebush Hotel (22km north of Balranald on Ivanhoe Road) on Thurs- day, January 22, with more information, or to register, available by contacting Tan- ya Cooper on 5021 9460. Will the rain save me • OH WHAT A FEELING!: Joanne Zappia had every reason to jump for joy, ABOVE, and RIGHT, receiving her welcome windfall from Markwell’s representative Chris Curran. Navigation restrictions Lock 7 On behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, SA Water is undertaking extensive essential maintenance on Lock 7 near Rufus River. The lock chamber will undergo a complete refurbishment which is vital to the longevity of the structure. During this period, vessels will be unable to navigate through Lock 7 for approximately 10 to 12 weeks from 27 January 2015. SA Water apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates your cooperation while this important work is undertaken. For further information please call Lock 7 on (03) 5027 8225 or contact River Murray Operations Berri office on (08) 8595 2222. 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