The Problems Pavement Ants Can Bring To Your Washington D.C. Property
What’s in a name? Typically names can lead us to judgments about reputations, qualities, and expectations surrounding the subject, but don’t let pavement ants fool you. While they might get their name from their affinity for nesting under the pavement, they can create a variety of problems in the structure of your home or business as well.
The Problem With Pavement Ants
Pavement ants are small, black or brown ants that will gather in large groups outside your home or business, tunneling under cracks in the pavement to make their nests. They’re only about 1/8” in length, but they can make their presence known in a big way. Gathering in large groups, pavement ants will overrun almost any sidewalk, driveway, or concrete foundation area.
When they invade homes and businesses, they may create nests within the stones, cinderblocks, and cracks in the concrete flooring, extending their nests into places that you may not be aware of. Once inside, they’ll crawl all over the structure in search of food, which usually includes any loose crumbs or stored food. However, they have a reputation for eating almost anything, from meat, cheese, and nuts, to vegetation, and even dead insects.
Pavement ants are not known for having a painful sting or bite, but they can be invasive in large numbers. Using their small size to squeeze into your stored foods, they’ll spread contaminants throughout your food and meal-preparation areas. Allowing a pavement ant infestation to linger around your home or business puts you, your family, and your customers at risk of incurring dangerous diseases.
Pavement Ant Prevention
Since they’re so small and numerous, they can be incredibly difficult to prevent and eradicate. Plus, since they’ll eat almost anything, they’ll become attracted to your home for a variety of reasons, from stored food and trash problems to moisture issues and dead insects. If pavement ants get in and find food sources, they can invade in large numbers.
Because they can be so hard to keep out, the best way to prevent pavement ants is to limit their attraction to your property. If they don’t want to get in, then maybe they’ll move on to another property. Limiting pavement ant attraction to your home or business includes the following activities:
Moisture control: ants love dark, damp environments, so limiting moisture buildup can help create a less inviting environment for them. Dehumidifiers in areas of poor ventilation and monitoring your pipes for leaks can help limit moisture buildup, along with proper lawn care.
Regular cleaning: by limiting loose crumbs around the house, you can make your home far less attractive to ants. Make sure to wipe down counters and tables after meals, along with vacuuming and mopping the floors regularly. Don’t forget about the areas that you might not think about very often where pavement ants may find food, places such as behind heavy appliances, under furniture, or on the bottom of the cupboard.
Clearing the clutter: both in the yard and in your home or business, clutter creates a welcoming environment for ants. They’re more intimidated by organized, open spaces.
While these methods may help limit your chances of an infestation, they won’t always prove effective. Mother nature has a mind of her own sometimes, so it can be very difficult to prevent a pavement ant infestation. Once they’re in, they can be even more difficult to get rid of. If you notice signs of pavement ants on your property or you want to make sure you never have to deal with them, you need the guaranteed assurance that comes with professional pest control assistance. Call Capitol Pest today to get rid of pavement ants for good. We can help protect your home and property from all sorts of pests, including pavement ants.