Pavement ants are among the most common species of ants found throughout Southwestern Ontario. In fact, they are so common that they are rarely regarded as serious pests. These are the ants that you might see on sidewalks or your driveway crawling from small mounds of sand that often seem to appear overnight. Even though they are less harmful than many other insects, they can still cause problems in your home if they aren’t kept in check. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have a serious pavement ant infestation, consider these tips for identifying the insects and keeping them out of your home.
What Do Pavement Ants Look Like?
Pavement ants are between 1/8 to 1/16-inch long and are either brown or black in colour. They have grooves on the head and thorax, two spines on the back, and a stinger on the last abdominal segment. Queens and breeding ants also have wings and are twice the size of workers, but you are far more likely to see the workers crawling around.
Pavement ants nest underneath stones or in pavement cracks, hence their common name. They eat sweet or greasy foods, fruit, and other insects. They have also been known to eat pet food. They can bite or sting humans, but they rarely do so.
Signs of a Pavement Ant Infestation
Pavement ants can become a nuisance if they infest a kitchen or an outdoor patio in large numbers. Signs of an infestation include seeing ants around food sources and small mounds of dirt near your home on your driveway or near your doorstep. You will most likely see trails of ants in your home at night, although you might see the occasional ant during the day. Serious infestations might also cause pavement slabs to shift or become loose.
Enlist the Help of Professional Pest Control Services
If you think you have a pavement ant infestation in your home, don’t hesitate to contact ASAP Pest Control. We have been providing local London homeowners with trusted pest control services and can help to identify a pavement infestation in your home, locate their entry point, eliminate an existing ant infestation and help to ensure these infestations do not return. For more information about our insect control services, contact the team of professional pest control technicians at ASAP Pest Control today.