Why Pennsylvania Residents Need To Keep Pavement Ants Out
August 16, 2018
Pavement ants can be a real nuisance to Pennsylvania residents. These ants are probably the ants that we are the most familiar with as they are the ones that create the unsightly ant hills between the cracks of your sidewalk, sides of your driveway, and around your foundation. You may not think that pavement ants are a pest that you need to worry about, after all, they won’t leave behind smelly trail behind like the odorous house ant or damage the integrity of your home like a carpenter ant. Nevertheless, they are still a cause for concern.
Identifying Pavement Ants
Pavement ants range in color from dark brown to black and are usually no bigger than ⅛ of an inch in size. While this may narrow it down when trying to identify a pavement ant, it will not provide you with all the information needed for proper identification. The easiest way to identify pavement ants is by their habits. When you see ant hills in the cracks of your driveway with tiny little ants scurrying in and out, you are most likely dealing with pavement ants.
Pavement Ants in Your Home
While it is more common to see pavement ants outside, they will come indoors while foraging for food. These ants can build their nests in walls and under floors. While this doesn’t do a great deal of damage, it can definitely be a nuisance. The biggest issue with pavement ants is that, when they invade your home, they will eat just about anything including fruits, meat, bread, cheese, seeds, bird seed, pet food, and even grease! If these ants get into your food, they can contaminate your food and cause a lot of food waste and lost money. As with most pests, pavement ants can also pick transmit bacteria and other harmful pathogens. These ants will pick up these bacteria and pathogens as they crawl through dirty areas and then deposit them on the surfaces inside your home.
Treating Pavement Ants
Many pests rely on our food and crumbs to survive which means it’s a good idea to be sure to clean up and spills and sweep up any crumbs as quickly as possible. It is also helpful to seal up all food items and using airtight glass or plastic storage bins and containers when possible to avoid food contamination. Examining the outside of your home on a regular basis can be helpful in spotting tears in screens, worn weather stripping, and cracks in siding or foundation that ants could use to gain access to your home. Keeping the exterior of your home in good repair can help keep pavement ants out.
Professional Treatment for Pavement Ants
While you might think that buying a few ant bait traps can solve your pavement ant problem, they will likely be ineffective. Bait traps will only trap current ants in your home and will do nothing to stop more ants from invading. At Moyer, our year-round pest control plans will protect you and your home from unwanted problems with pavement ants! Give us a call at Moyer Pest Control today to schedule an inspection and start you on the road to a pest-free home!