Pavement Ants offer a unique infestation problem in the ant world. They’re named Pavement Ants because they’ll typically build their nests in different types of pavement. This is because they take up areas where other ants wouldn’t be able to build colonies.
This can mean houses and offices. They eat a range of foods also consumed by humans and if they identify your home as a good place for foraging, they can aggressively move in. They probably won’t bite, but they will sting if provoked. This can hurt, although they are slow-moving and aren’t as keen to swarm as a species like fire ants. They’re more shy. They’d rather run and hide, surviving to eat your food another day.
Pavement Ants can be identified by their size and color. They are typically 1/8 inch long, appear reddish-brown to black, and have heads that may strike you as slightly oversize. Their colonies usually house multiple queens, meaning they can establish a foothold in an area very quickly.
What makes Pavement Ants most difficult to deal with is their capability to hide their nests very effectively. Outside, they’re readily identifiable by the mounds of excavated dirt they make above cracks in the pavement. Inside, however, there are more nooks and crannies for them to hide inside. They enjoy building nests under the floorboards, or inside walls. They also enjoy making nests in insulation.
Pavement Ants will use the pipes and wiring of your house to access other floors, and prefer to nest near heat sources. They can create electrical problems as they build and travel.
When dealing with Pavement Ants, the best thing to do is contact a pest control specialist like Ransford Environmental Solutions. We can identify their nests and routes, and plan our ant control solutions to most effectively eradicate their presence.