What Do Pavement Ants Look Like?
Pavement ants are a small species of ants. Adults grow only to about 1/8th of an inch in length. They vary in color from dark brown to black, have an oval, segmented body, and antennae. Pavement ants are usually not identified by their appearance but rather where they prefer to nest. As their name states these ants are often found nesting in the cracks and crevices in and next to paved or cement areas including sidewalks, foundations, cement slabs, and driveways.
What Attracts Pavement Ants?
Pavement ants are attracted to properties that offer easy access to food, water, and shelter. These ants are attracted to moisture and therefore like properties with standing water. Garden areas, compost piles, and open trashcans can attract pavement ants to your property. Once on your property, it is only a matter of time before pavement ants will likely make their way into your home through cracks and crevices in the foundation or through spaces found under exterior doors while foraging for food and shelter sources.
Are Pavement Ants Dangerous?
Pavement ants have the ability to bite, which can be painful, but this rarely happens and is not really a concern. Pavement ants can become quite a nuisance when living inside a home creating nests in the foundation or behind walls in the insulation. In addition, they will contaminate food sources. A pavement ant infestation should not be allowed to continue in any home, it should be eliminated as quickly as possible with the help of an experienced professional.
How Do I Get Rid of Ants?
Lindsey Pest Services uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to getting rid of pavement ants. Our expert pest control technicians will inspect your property to determine where the pavement ants are active and where their nests are located. Once we’ve evaluated the infestation, we’ll determine the most efficient method of ant control. Next, we'll eliminate the colony of ants and, if you choose one of our home pest control plans, perform ongoing maintenance to ensure that the colonies don't restart, while keeping new ants and other household-invading pests from entering your home.