What Are Pavement Ants?
Often when you see an ant, you don’t take the time to decide just what type it might be and how you can best deal with it. Instead, you simply want to eliminate it as quickly as possible. While that’s a pretty natural reaction, taking a closer look may be a more effective one, particularly in the case of a pavement ant.
Your Yard; Their Home
Pavement ants are one of the most common species throughout the U.S. They are an introduced species, but their family history probably dates back further than yours. They came over in the holds of merchant vessels during the 1700s, and when the cargo was removed, the pavement ants were free to roam the New World as they pleased. Currently, you can find pavement ants from New England to the Midwest, throughout the South, and in parts of California and Washington.
What You Might See
If you encounter a pavement ant, you’re going to see a four millimeter dark brown or black ant. They usually have parallel lines on their head and thorax, and on the back, you may see two spines projecting upward. They do have a stinger in that last abdominal segment, so be careful!
Pavement ants tend to locate their colonies under sidewalks, hence the descriptive name. You may also find them under a building slab or even under a large rock. Once the colony is established, though, they’re going to roam a bit, and that means they’ll look for cracks in foundation walls or interior slabs to head inside.
If you do have a pavement ant problem around your home, you’ll likely see sand piles or tiny soil particles close to those cracks in the concrete, like the kind you often see close to cracks in the sidewalk during the warmest months.
What You Can Do
If you have a pavement ant problem, or an issue with any type of ant in your home, give us a call today. We’ll not only be able to tell you what type of ant you’re dealing with, but we’ll also be able to completely fix the problem!