Pavement ants make their homes in pavement and will attack properties throughout the year. They are light brown to black with appendages that are lighter than the rest of their body. They are 0.09 to 0.12 inches long. Pavement ants will feed on a wide variety of foods meats, grease, live and dead insects, seeds, pet food and honeydew from aphids along with many foods that are consumed by humans.
Behavior of Pavement Ants in My House
Pavement ants will set up trails to food sources from their nests and become a pest when large groups of them infest a kitchen or garden patio. Pavement ants do not bite but they possess the ability to sting. They are mostly docile and non-aggressive and will avoid confrontation when defending themselves instead of stinging. There are multiple queens within a colony and numerous workers and the worker ants will tend to the queen’s young until they become adults.
Signs of Pavement Ant Infestations
You might find pavement ants under mulch or open areas of soil that are close to the foundation of buildings. They will also live underneath logs, stones, bricks, patio blocks and boards. Pavement ants will nest in the cracks of driveways and under sidewalks, resulting in a mound of dirt on top of the pavement. When you find them inside, they will be nesting under floors, inside insulation or walls, baseboards, around plumbing, toilets, sinks, and along the edges of the carpet. They move in small motions and trails are easier to see at night. You can look around plumbing pipes and electrical wires for their ant trails. Small piles of excavated materials are another sign you might have pavement ants along with spotting worker pavement ants or even swarmers, which are winged ants that will leave the colony to mate and start their own colonies.
Pavement Ant Control
Baiting is the preferred treatment of pavement ants and the baits will need to be placed near the colonies or trails. Pest Control Technicians, Inc chooses baits that are sugar-based and protein/grease-based. We use a slow-acting bait as quick-kill baits will only kill the foraging ants, and will not allow the worker ants to take the bait back home to feed the queen, nest workers and young. Slow-acting baits come in a variety of foods that ants will find in nature. The biggest thing to remember is to remove all other competition for food when baiting and once pavement ants start feeding on it, do not disturb them. If we set up baits but ants aren’t visiting it, we will need to try a different bait. We don’t recommend you trying to deal with the ant infestation yourself. For example, the use of a residual, non-repellent spray may only kill a few ants and cause the colony to scatter as it can stress them out. This may double your problem as it multiplies the ants. Ant control isn’t easy and pavement ant nests are very hard to find let alone treat effectively. The best way to take care of an infestation is to contact professionals. Call Pest Control Technicians, Inc to tackle the problem.