Stopping Pavement Ant Infestations Before They Start
If you were to see a pavement ant, would you know it? Well, the first clue that you're looking at a pavement ant is that you're probably going to see it on the pavement or, more accurately, in the cracks of the pavement. You may also see pavement ants near stones, concrete slabs, and other hard objects in your yard. Take a moment and look closely. A pavement ant is about ⅛ of an inch long, and dark brown to blackish with dark lines on the head and thorax that run from head to tail. It has two nodes between its thorax and abdomen and its appendages are lighter than the rest of its body. If you're having trouble examining the ants in your yard because they're moving around too much, get some tape and trap those ants for closer examination. Once you determine that you have pavement ants, here are a few things you should know.
Pavement ants are extremely difficult to control because they create their nests deep underground. When they come near to a home, they also like to nest in ground-level walls, particularly walls that are made of concrete or stone. If they find an entry point, they're sure to exploit it.
When pavement ants get into a home they are not a serious health threat, but they aren't benign either. They can contaminate your foods when they get into them by the thousands. They also bite. While their mouthparts are not strong enough to break the skin, they can cause an allergy rash for sensitive people.
How To Stop Pavement Ants Before They Get In
The best way to control pavement ants is with baits or spray treatments. This should be done by a pest management professional. When the wrong products are used or applied improperly, they can be toxic to children, pets, and also adults. They can also make an ant problem worse by inspiring colonies to bud and populations to increase. You can, however, decrease ants by removing attractants that bring them close to your foundation walls.
- Keep exterior trash in sealed containers and wash those containers once a month.
- Clean up any food sources, especially after cookouts.
- Refrain from leaving drink cups outside.
- Pavement ants eat dead insects. Everything you do to reduce pests in your yard will help to reduce pavement ants.
- Pavement ants eat honeydew from aphids. The more plants you have, the more chance you'll have pavement ants.
If you're seeing pavement ants around your home and you don't want to see them inside your house, let a professional help you create a pest control barrier around your foundation perimeter. If you live in Topeka, or the surrounding area, start here for industry-leading residential pest control.