Pavement Ants – What Are They and What Can You Do About Them?
While we may have looked at pavement ants under a microscope in grade school, curious about their habits, the tiny things become quite a nuisance in the context of our homes. Once they begin to invade, keeping them out has to be one of your top priorities.
Understanding Pavement Ants
These native European ants prefer to set up shop in cool dwellings such as cracks between the pavement, stone, or wood, they can also crawl through tiny openings near your home, such as loose mortar, old weather-stripping, or holes in screens. Typically dark brown or black, they can range from 2.5 mm to 4 mm in size, and you can find them at almost any time throughout the year.
The best way to keep ants clear of your floors and countertops is to be attentive and keep surfaces clean. This includes putting away food directly after use (especially sweet foods like melons or anything with sugar), and keeping those items securely closed in their cupboards. It’s also essential to clean up any crumbs and spills (what’s invisible or miniscule to us can be an attractive meal to an ant), and check periodically to see if sinks are leaking or dripping.
While we often think of ants in the kitchen, they can also arrive through the bathroom, basement, or bedroom, so it’s helpful to keep shampoo, conditioner, lotions, perfume, etc. tight in their bottles. If you have pets, make sure to clean out their bowls regularly as well. Another thing we may not always think about in relation to ants is the space around our homes, which should also be kept tidy to avoid infestation. This includes keeping weeds down, making sure piles of wood are far from the house, trimming window tree branches, and not leaving sweets, such as soda, open outside.
Have They Already Arrived?
Once ants have found a way inside, it can be nearly impossible to detect how they came through. Calling pest control experts to find their trail and fix the source of the problem is nothing short of a must in that situation. Give us a call at 508-756-5197or visit us online today.