Pavement ants are extremely common and can be found around homes and business across the United States burrowing under sidewalks, driveways, and buildings leaving mounds of dirt behind in their wake. According to entomologists, the pavement ant most likely arrived in the US in the hulls of ships traveling from Europe in the 1700 and 1800’s in the soil used to weigh down the ships during the long voyage. Once the ship arrived, the soil along with the ants was unloaded and replaced with items for the voyage back to Europe. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control delves more into pavement ants below.
How Do You Identify Pavement Ants
Pavement ants are tiny and can vary in color from dark brown to light black. Distinguishing features include, a pair of spines along the back, and grooves along the head and thorax. The queens and reproductive ants are twice the size of the worker ants and have a pair of wings. Soil is imperative to the pavement ant’s survival and it is not uncommon to see pavement ants building nests under sidewalks and large structures. Pavement ants can also move into your home through your plumbing and electric systems in search of water. Once indoors they will nest under floors and in walls. During the summer months, pavement ants can be seen creating trails along driveways, sidewalks, and patios carrying soil, eggs and food from one colony to the next. A single colony of pavement ants can have multiple queens with new colonies being established when the queens lay their eggs. Worker ants will transfer eggs and young ants between colonies to avoid changes in moisture and fluctuating temperatures. Pavement ants typically invade buildings and other structures during the evening hours looking for food and water. Pavement ants eat a varied diet including other insects although they have a particular fondness for sweet items including fruit, nectar, and seeds. That being said, they will also eat meat, bread, cheese and a variety of other items. They are classified as a nuisance pest when they infest a home or business in large numbers.
What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Pavement Ants?
Your A Five Star Termite & Pest Control professional is trained to manage and eradicate pavement ants along with a variety of other nuisance pests. Your technician will inspect your property and develop a customized plan for your unique circumstances. It is important to remember that keeping ants away from your property requires regularly scheduled pest control services to ensure ants and other pests do not keep returning. The knowledgeable experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control have provided the following tips to help stop pavement ants in their tracks.
• Seal any cracks or breaches in the exterior of your property to prevent ants or other pests from entering.
• Keep trees and shrubs cut away from the foundation of your property
• Avoid using decorative stones and landscaping timbers close to your homes foundation
• Keep layers of mulch and other forms of ground cover less than two inches thick and 12 inches or more away from your foundation.
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