How to Get Rid of Swarming Pavement Ants in Your Eagle, ID House, Yard & Business
Pavement ants are one of the most common species of ants found in the United States and are widely considered to be a nuisance pest especially when they choose to invade your home. Like their namesake pavement ants can often be found burrowing under driveways, buildings, and sidewalks where they will push dirt into piles on top of the pavement and cement. Pavement ants are not native to the United States and most experts agree that the ants were introduced to the US in the 1700 and 1800 hitching a ride on European merchant ships that were filled with soil to weigh the ship down to survive the long voyage overseas. Once the ship docked in port, the soil along with the ants was removed and replaced with goods to be transported back to various European destinations.
Pavement Ant Identification
The pavement ant is approximately 1/8th inch in length with dark brown to black coloring. One of the most distinguishing features of the pavement ant is the pair of spines which can be found along the ants back. The Queen and swarmer’s (the reproductive ants) have wings and are twice the size of the worker ants.
Pavement Ant Colony Facts
Pavement ants can often be found nesting under stones and cracks in pavement and along curbs and driveways. Once they invade structures they can be found in wall cavities and under floors. Pavement ants are most active during the summer and can often be seen carrying soil, debris, food and eggs; transferring them between colonies. Each colony will have a queen and a large number of workers. New colonies are created when a queen lays eggs. Once the eggs have developed, the workers will move them along with young ants to different a colony to avoid changes and in temperature and varying moisture levels.
What Attracts Swarming Pavement Ants?
Pavements ants will often invade buildings and other structures in search of water and food sources. They are excellent at foraging and have a particular fondness for fruit, cheese, meat, candy, bread and other sweet food items. Pavement ants are not considered dangerous; but they are considered nuisance pests that will often gain access to homes and businesses through tiny crevices and cracks. Although they do not bite, they will on occasion sting if they feel threatened.
How to Prevent Pavement Ants in Your House or Business
According to the knowledgeable experts at Pestcom Pest Management there are several preventive measures that you can take to keep pavement ants from entering your home or business.
• Inspect the exterior of your property including your windows and doors for any cracks and use a caulking product to ensure they are properly sealed.
• Keep any shrubs, trees and bushes trimmed away from the side of buildings. Ants can climb and will search for openings to gain access in search of food.
• Store trash cans away from buildings and make sure they are kept clean and sealed with tight fitting lids.
• Keep food items sealed in containers and rinse dishes of food particles before stacking them in the sink.
• Immediately clean up any spilled food or drink
If you have an ongoing pest problem and have been struggling with an pavement ant infestation in your Boise Idaho home or business, contact the knowledgeable experts at Pestcom Pest Management for a customized pest control program designed to successfully eliminate pavement ants and other household pests once and for all.