Ants may be one of the least threatening varieties of pests that might find their way into your home, but they are also one of the most frustrating for homeowners. This is because an infestation of ants is notoriously difficult to get rid of.
One or two ants may not seem like a big deal; but where there is one ant, there are usually hundreds or thousands more just out of sight. Here in Northeastern Ohio, pavement ants are one of the most common ant species to discover inside your home.
Pavement ants are named for their penchant for building homes in the soil beneath your driveway or sidewalks. They can also build nests beneath your foundation, meaning they don’t have very far to wander to wind up inside your house.
If you’re tired of battling pavement ants in your home, only to have them return a few weeks later, it’s time to learn what might be attracting them to your home and what it will take to get rid of them for good!
How do I know if I have pavement ants?
Pavement ants are most common during spring and summer, when swarmers mate and reproduce. You can tell them apart from other ants because they are dark brown, and are generally slow-moving. Pavement ants have a stinger on their thorax, but they are not usually aggressive and won’t sting unless provoked.
Detecting a pavement ant colony outside of your home can be tricky. Their mounds do appear above the edge of pavement and sidewalks, but they can dig deep and wide below the ground level. It’s recommended that you work with a local pest control expert to locate and treat the entire colony.
How do pavement ants get into your home?
Pavement ants are usually on the hunt for food with fat and sugar in them. If they find a reliable food source in your home, they’ll likely return with more worker ants. Although these ants don’t usually create a health risk in your home, they can contaminate open food containers or food preparation areas.
They may take advantage of cracks in your foundation, floors, or walls, sneaking into your home in search of food, water, or shelter from outside weather. They won’t typically cause damage the structure of your house, but a particularly large nest under your foundation or by a window bay could excavate enough dirt to be a problem.
Why is it so hard to get rid of pavement ants?
Controlling pavement ants on your own can be difficult due to the nature of ant colonies. A pavement ant colony typically has multiple queens and thousands of workers to protect it and gather food and water.
Many homeowners turn to sprays or baits to deal with ant invaders as a first step, but these can be dangerous to use around areas where food is prepared in your home, and they often don’t reach the source of the colony. Without effectively exterminating the queens, they will continue to reproduce new worker ants; meaning surface treatments won’t cut it.
At Epcon Lane, we offer ant control in Northeastern Ohio as part of our complete pest control programs. A recurring pest control program can help you stop an infestation fast, track the natural movement of ants on your property, and prevent future infestations before they can move into your home.
If you’re ready to put your ant problem to rest once and for all, learn more about our pest control offerings today.