How To Get Rid Of Pavement Ants On Your Nassau County, NY Property
March 15, 2021
You can tell a lot about an ant by where it builds its nest. If you find these pests crawling in and out of holes in your home’s structural wood, you can know instantly that they are carpenter ants. If you see them staggering around on your floor in jagged strange patterns, they might be crazy ants. One species in our area is easily identified by the way it builds around paved areas. They are called pavement ants and they are a big problem around homes. Here is what you need to know to keep pavement ants off your Nassau County, NY property.
What Are Pavement Ants?
Pavement ants are exactly what you would expect. They are a species of ants that build their nests around pavement. You are most likely to find these bugs crawling around your driveway, next to sidewalks, or along the edge of roads. You may also find these pests crawling through your home. Alongside the little black ant, the pavement ant is considered to be one of the most invasive and common pests in America. Part of the reason for this has to do with how close they nest to the foundation of structures.
Why Pavement Ants Invade Properties
There are two main reasons pavement ants invade properties. To scavenge for food or to build a nest. Homes that offer scraps of food on floors, tasty treats on countertops, snacks in pet food bowls, and other similar opportunities are more likely to have trouble with pavement ants. Other factors such as bad weather, cold temperatures, and unfavorable conditions outdoors will also push these pests to come inside.
The Problems Pavement Ants Cause
Different ants cause different problems. Some spread disease, others bite, but the majority are just a nuisance. Pavement ants are considered to be mostly harmless. The only real threat this pest poses is with its stinger. Thankfully, pavement ants do not sting often and when they do it is not known to hurt. The only chance you have of being attacked is if you interact with one directly or stand near its nest for too long.
Some Practical Exclusion Tips For Pavement Ants
Pavement ants get inside through gaps, cracks, and other damage around a home’s exterior. To keep these pests from invading your living areas, seal off these entry points. Here are some practical ways to do this.
- Using a caulking gun, fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and spacing around window/door screens.
- Repair damage to window/door screens.
- Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Keep unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.
- Fill in gaps and spacing around your driveway.
Other Ways To Prevent Pavement Ants
Beyond DIY exclusion, there are many ways to deter pavement ants from invading your home. The first is to keep your home clean and tidy. The less food and places to hide there are for these pests the less likely they will be to cause trouble indoors.
If you are looking for a guaranteed way to protect your home against pavement ants and other annoying or dangerous and destructive pests, you need professional pest control services. At EM Pest Control, we offer a range of pest control options designed to identify, eliminate, and prevent pests. With dedication and access to the most advanced products and technologies, we will ensure that your property gets the treatments it needs.
Call us today to schedule a service visit for your Nassau County, NY home or to ask questions about services for the pests crawling around inside your home.