Pavement ants have become one of the most encountered pests in the United States today. They are small, brown ants about 1/8 inches long. Pavement ants live in large colonies often along outside foundations in perimeter soils, under flat rocks or concrete slabs.
Thousands of pavement ant workers can be found in one colony. They commonly bring sandy soil up through cracks of sidewalks, driveways, patios, inside along baseboards above slab foundations and atop concrete basement walls. Pavement ants are often noticed in trails, one following another, along baseboards or concrete slab foundations and on top of basement foundation walls. These ants, known as foragers, are searching for food to take back to share with their colony. Foraging ants represent only about 5% of the colony at any given time.
WHAT TO DO:
• Keep track of where you notice ants, especially their trails
• Clean up slipped food and drinks immediately
• Store sweets and proteins in airtight containers
• Seal cracks along foundations and baseboards
PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT An effective means of control is the use of ant baits both inside and outside the structure taking advantage of the pavement ant’s food sharing habits. We treat outside ant colonies along foundations, under concrete slabs and flat stones with both injection and spray methods. It is common to notice an increase in ants feeding inside on baits for a week or so before activity drops off. Do not interfere with trailing ants once ant baits are placed and do not use cleansers or pesticides near ant trails. Foraging ants must be able to return to their colony with the treated baits.
Year round protection is available through our Commercial Eco Guard, Eco Select or Eco Premium service plans which help protect you, your home or business and your family from unwanted problems because new pests tend to occur again in the same or similar locations due to the environmental conditions in and around your structure. Details are available from our service specialist or by calling our customer service center at (585) 993-9100.