Pavement Ant

Color: Brown
Family: Formicidae
Order: Hymenoptera

Ants feed on practically every kind of food but those entering homes are often looking for sweets and/or protein-containing substances. Besides being an annoyance for most of us, ants can spread germs and disease in your stored food products.  

 

Pavement Ant Identification

The pavement ant is 3 mm to 4 mm long and is brown to black in colour. Its head and thorax exhibit fine parallel lines. Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects. They are social insects that live in colonies which are usually located outside, but may enter buildings for shelter and/or food.

Pavement Ant Habitat

Ants feed on practically every kind of food but those entering homes are often looking for sweets and/or protein-containing substances. Besides being an annoyance for most of us, ants can spread germs and disease in your stored food products. Abell can control your ant infestation with a single visit and guarantees control for 100 days.They nest in soil beneath slab and between walls. They prefer to eat grease and oils but will eat insects and sweet materials.

Pavement Ant Life Cycle

Once a Pavement Ant Queen finds a suitable nesting location and digs a founding chamber she lays eggs. As the eggs hatch and the ants develop they will spend that time, about two to three months, tending to the queen of their colony. They will continue helping in the colony until they are a month old.

Pavement Ant Prevention

Good housekeeping practices such as keeping foods in sealed containers and areas free of spillage and crumbs will prevent ants, as will sealing of openings where ants may enter from outside.

Preparation Steps for Pavement Ant Treatment

Here are the preparation steps:

1. In order to achieve control, it may be necessary to treat all rooms of the home as well as outside. In areas where ants are seen and in particular the kitchen, empty bottom cupboards and the bottom of closets. Dishes and food should be kept out of the way.

2. If ants are seen in the washroom, the vanity should be emptied.

3. The Abell Service Technician will determine the most appropriate pest control material to be used. Liquid sprays, dusts and/or bait stations may be used. The bait station should be left where the technician places it.

4. Vacate the premises during service and do not re-enter until at least 4 hours after treatment. Persons with underlying health conditions should consult their family physician where they have concerns regarding re-entry. Open windows for 20 to 30 minutes after re-entry is possible.

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Pavement Ants - Questions and Answers

Are ants hazardous to humans?

Yes. Since ants are attracted to foods such as honey, fruit and meat they can carry disease germs from one area to another.

What do pavement ants eat and where do they live?

They nest in soil beneath slab and between walls. They prefer to eat grease and oils but will eat insects and sweet materials.

When are ants most common?

During warm weather ants can be seen outdoors. Swarms of ants (reproductive) are commonly seen in June or July. If you see ants inside your home during winter months, a pest control expert should be contacted.

What can I do to prevent an infestation of ants?

Good housekeeping practices such as keeping foods in sealed containers and areas free of spillage and crumbs will prevent ants, as will sealing of openings where ants may enter from outside.


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