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How To Control Pavement Ants

If you live in an urban area, one of the most common ants you will encounter is the pavement ant. As their name suggests, these ants live and nest around pavements. Large colonies can be found in the cracks and crevices of pavement. However, these pests don’t reserve themselves to just staying there as they are known to invade buildings and nest indoors as well where they can be a troublesome insect for people.

Pavement ants can often be confused with little black ants due to having a similar appearance and color, however, they could also be light brown. The way to differentiate between the two is their size as pavement ants are slightly bigger. Pavement ants range between 2.5 to 3 mm long, with parallel lines on head and thorax. Like the little black ant, they also have 12-segmented antennae with a three-segmented club.

The diet of a pavement ant consists of grease, oil, small insects and sweet tasting foods which people enjoy. The workers also feed honeydew and secretions from aphids. When foraging for food, they can easily invade homes by slipping through cracks and crevices from the outside. It is usually hard to control these types of ants because their nests are hard to find since they are usually in cracks and crevices in sidewalks and driveways and are difficult to reach.

If your property has become invaded by pavement ants, Solutions Pest and Lawn can equip you with the professional-grade products and knowledge to eliminate the infestation yourself. Read on below for recommended products and the best strategy to tackle these troublesome insects.

How to Get Rid of Pavement Ants: Solutions 4 Step Guide

As mentioned above, pavement ants can be hard to control without the proper strategy put in place to tackle them. These ants are very sneaky and can get through the tightest of spaces in their relentless search for food. Solutions Pest and Lawn we suggest a 4 step process which includes a thorough inspection, chemical applications, baiting and preventative measures to keep ants away. Look below for details:

Step 1: Identify areas of heavy ant activity. This will require a very detailed inspection of your home and yard. Do your best to locate the ant nesting site, starting outdoors and moving in. Outdoor locations to focus in on are underneath the pavement in curbs, driveways, sidewalks, underneath brick patios, landscaping, rocks, and mulch beds, etc. Indoors, you should check around wall voids, beneath toilets or water heaters and wherever there is moisture and any other areas conducive to ant activity. One of the best ways to find the general area of a colony is by carefully observing a wandering ant, leaving them undisturbed while they are foraging for food and seeing where they lead you.

Step 2: Once you have found the high activity areas, you can then proceed to treating the colony via chemical means. We recommend using Reclaim IT Insecticide and spraying using a hose-end sprayer. 

Step 3:  Baiting indoors is another excellent method of clearing out an indoor pavement ant infestation. Indoors use a sweet bait on pavement ants since they love sweet foods. Some sugar-based baits include Terro PCO Liquid Ant Bait.We recommend being patient when applying baits and allowing up to 2 weeks for the bait to be laid out. It takes time for ants to take the bait and share with other ants and achieve the desired domino effect which will kill off the entire population.  Indoors where ants can be found in wall voids, it would be best to use dust treatment instead using D-fense Dust

Step 4: After the ant population has been depleted from your baiting and spray treatments you will want to keep them out. Using a preferred residual insecticide like Reclaim IT Insecticide, you’ll want to spray a barrier around your home to keep ants away.  Spray periodically every 60 days and you won’t have to worry about ants trespassing again.

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