Being one of the most common insects around, ants can be found both in the office and home. Ants qualify as pests due to the fact that they appear in all kinds of undesirable places (such as garbage areas), because some of them inflict painful bites, and also due to the fact that they carry harmful microbes around with them. These microbes may in some cases cause diseases and food poisoning.
The name pavement ant comes from the fact that these ants are most commonly found in and around pavements (especially when the pavement has cracks), where they often build their nests. These ants are around 2.5 mm to 4 mm in length, with queen ants often reaching 8 mm in length. Their colonies are relatively large, and can number around 3000 to 4000 worker and soldier ants, with several queens.
Where are pavement ants most commonly found?
True to their name, pavement ants can be found underneath pavements, however, they are also commonly found inside or underneath building walls, insulation or floors. They can also be found in building foundations near a heat source, and they will follow pipes that come through concrete slabs in order to access upper floor areas.
These ant’s nests can also be found around buildings underneath rocks, and (as mentioned before) underneath pavements. Pavement ants will readily enter buildings through cracks, slab expansion joints and natural building openings such as doors and windows.
Although pavement ants are not typically aggressive in nature, the worker ant’s bite can sting, causing great annoyance for the receiver of the bite!
Pavement ants’ natural diet consists of other insects, plant sap, honeydew and seeds. They do, however, also thrive on household foods, where they show a preference to feeding on meats and greasy foods. These ants forage in long trails of up to 9 metres.
To control these pavement ants, it is important to follow these guidelines:
Professional ant pest control steps would involve:
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