Pavement Ants: The Ultimate Guide to Control and Prevention looks at eliminating these pests from your outdoor space. Pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum) are one of the most common ant species in North America, and are often found in urban and suburban environments. What can be done about control and and elimination?
Size and Color of Pavement Ants
Pavement ants are small ants, measuring between 1/16 and 1/8 inch in length. They are typically black or brown in color, with paler legs and antennae. Pavement ants have a segmented body with a distinct waist and small spines on their thorax.
Where Do Pavement Ants Nest?
Pavement ants nest in soil, typically in cracks and crevices in pavement, sidewalks, driveways, and other hard surfaces. They can also nest in walls, under floors, and in other concealed spaces. Pavement ants are often found near sources of moisture, such as near water pipes and in damp soil.
What Do Pavement Ants Eat?
Pavement ants are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods, including other insects, seeds, and sweet foods like honeydew and sugar. They are also known to feed on pet food and other household scraps. Pavement ants are attracted to sweet and greasy foods, and will often form foraging trails to food sources.
How Do I Know If There’s An Infestation?
Pavement ant infestations can be difficult to detect, as these ants are small and often nest in concealed spaces. However, signs of an infestation may include the presence of foraging ants, particularly near food sources or moisture, and the presence of ant nests or ant debris in cracks and crevices.
Controlling and Preventing Pavement Ants
Controlling pavement ants requires a multifaceted approach that includes eliminating food and water sources, sealing entry points, and using pesticides or baits to control the ants. Here are a few methods for controlling and preventing pavement ants:
- Eliminate food and water sources: Pavement ants are attracted to sweet and greasy foods, so keeping kitchens and other areas clean and free of food scraps can help to reduce the attractiveness of the area to ants. Fixing leaky pipes and other sources of moisture can also help to discourage ants.
- Seal entry points: Pavement ants can enter buildings through cracks and gaps in walls, doors, and windows. Sealing these entry points with caulk or other materials can help to prevent ants from entering.
- Use pesticides or baits: Pesticides and baits can be effective in controlling pavement ants. Spraying pesticides around the perimeter of a building or using baits near ant trails and nests can help to control the ant population.
- Hire a pest control professional: If a pavement ant infestation is particularly severe or difficult to control, it may be necessary to hire a pest control professional for assistance. A professional can help to identify the source of the infestation and develop a targeted treatment plan.
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