Pavement Ants In Springfield

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The pavement ant chooses the soil as the ideal choice of nesting sites. It is believed that this ant was introduced to the United States during the 1700 to 1800 era of time. One theory is that the ships were filled with soil from Europe to provide ballast and then unloaded at various American ports.

The pavement ant is dark brown or black and approximately 1/8th inch in length. The queen and swarmers are about twice the size as the normal ant. Another distinguishing characteristic of the pavement ant is the pair of spines on the back. The common name of pavement ant comes from their choice of nesting sites. They will nest outdoors under stones, concrete sidewalks, and concrete driveways. A telltale sign of an active colony of pavement ants is the mound of fine ground dirt along the edge of curbing, between stones, or in the cracks of concrete.

While they choose to nest outdoors, pavement ants will not hesitate to invade buildings in search of food. The foragers will be attracted to most household foods including fruit, bread, grease, cheese, meat, ice cream, candy, as well as other sweets.

Pavement ants are not considered to be dangerous, nor are they considered a threat; they are, however, a nuisance to homeowners and business owners alike. Considering how small they are, pavement ants can gain access inside the home through very small cracks or crevices while foraging for food. They do not bite but, on rare occasion, will sting an individual.

As always, prevention is easier than eradication. Applying a few preventive measures to keep pavement ants from entering the home is well worth the effort. Consider the following tips:

  • Inspect the foundation and exterior of windows and doors for any cracks or crevices and seal shut with caulking.
  • Keep bushes and trees trimmed away from the building. Ants will climb up branches onto the house and find openings to access the house.
  • Outdoor trash cans should always have a tight fitting lid and be kept clean.
  • Do not keep food out in the open. Leftovers should be stored in pest proof containers.
  • Keep any spilled food or drinks cleaned up with soap and water.

While these tips will help deter pavement ants from coming in, you may already have an ongoing infestation and need the services of your local pest control company. American Pest Solutions has customized programs to fit all your pest needs. Our company is in the fourth generation of family involvement and has been offering protection against pavement ants and all other species of pests for more than 100 years. For successful elimination of pavement ants and other household pests, contact American Pest Solutions today.