Keep Away Pesky Pavement Ants


pavement ants on an ice cream cone
Pavement Ants Will Eat Almost Anything!

It’s a classic scene of summer: a fallen ice cream cone, melting on the sidewalk, surrounded by hordes of tiny, hungry ants. These are pavement ants, which get their name from their tendency to build nests in or under cracks in the pavement. They can be black, brown, or reddish in color, and are usually ⅛ of an inch long. They have quite the appetite and eat almost anything, including seeds, fruit, sweets, bread, meat, nuts, dairy, grease, and other insects. During the summer, there’s a good chance that folks in Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut will be seeing these ants outdoors very frequently. But what should you do if they decide to invade your home?


Do Pavement Ants Infest Houses?

Despite their name, pavement ants occasionally enter structures. They can infest ground level walls, insulation and underneath flooring. Unlike their larger cousin carpenter ants, pavement ants won’t cause structural damage to your home, but they’re definitely a nuisance. Plus, they will readily infest your pantry food if its not properly stored in sealed containers.


What Should You Do If You See Pavement Ants in Your Home?

First, take a look outside and see if there are a lot of ants next to the foundation. If so, this is likely the source of the infestation. An exterior treatment, combined with bait and some spraying indoors, will usually do the trick when it comes to solving the problem.

You should consider doing some thorough cleaning before the treatment, including emptying and cleaning kitchen cabinets, behind appliances, and wiping up any spills or crumbs. Also, be sure to repair or seal any small cracks or openings around the house. Maybe most importantly, don’t drop your ice cream!

As always, if you need help dealing with a pesky pavement ant problem, feel free to give Graduate a call.

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