Pavement ants are an ant species that invades homes, following a trail of edible crumbs. Learn how to prevent ants in your kitchen with our helpful guide. These ants especially crave protein and also glucose (sugar), which is why they are sometimes called sugar ants. To learn more about ants and their behavior, read our article ‘Oh When the Ants Go Marching In.’ Pavement ants mostly prey at night, literally catching us napping! Ensure your outdoor activities are ant-free by following our pest-free picnic tips.
Pavement ants live in large colonies in subterranean nests. At times, a single colony can accommodate over 10,000 ants. In Metro Vancouver, they dwell under the pavements, sidewalks, patios and garden mounds. They enter homes by making tiny openings in porous bricks or through floor cracks. You can control pavement ants in three ways.
Seal Openings and Crack
One of the easiest ways to prevent an ant infestation is to seal the cracks and openings from inside your home. This will block the entry points of pavement ants. However, sealing all the openings can be difficult and time-consuming. To learn more about general pest prevention measures, check out our article on how to Pestcheck your home.
Chances are, you would miss some of them under the bed or behind a mirror frame. Some may be inaccessible even if you spot them. Hence, this is not a reliable way to control pavement ants.
Locate the Nest and Destroy It
Pavement ants are very disciplined and methodical in their work. Usually, they travel in single file. It is easy to track their return journey and when you have reached a dead-end, you can be sure that the nest is nearby!
Usually it is under a rock, soil mound or in the sidewalk. Typically, look for any moist areas that create a favourable eco-system for the ants to live in. Once you have located the nest, call Pestcheck Pest Control to eliminate the ant nest with commercial-grade insecticide.
If you’re unsure whether you’re dealing with pavement ants or other types of ants, read our guide on identifying ants in your house.
Benefits of a Professional Pest Control Service
Whichever way you try to control pavement ants, chances are that you may not succeed fully nor permanently. The domestic grade insecticide you choose to use may be harmful to humans and you may or may not be trained in handling dangerous chemicals.
Hiring professional pest control technicians can also help in selling a pest-free property, ensuring a smooth transaction for both the buyer and seller.
In order to get the best results in controlling pavement ants, it is advisable to take the help of our professional Burnaby & New West pest control technicians, Richmond pest control technicians, Coquitlam & Tri-Cities pest control technicians, Vancouver pest control technicians, West Vancouver pest control technicians and North Vancouver pest control technicians are also skilled in eliminating silverfish infestations, another common household pest. We know how to treat the ants safely and we can give you the best results. When it comes to your family’s security, it is better to be safe than sorry. Schedule a consultation today and safeguard your home with our trusted and effective pest control solutions.