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Adam’s Exterminates Excavating Pavement Ants
Annoyed by those crater-like piles of sand in the cracks of your pavement? Or worse, by those tiny dark ants scurrying around your kitchen or basement? When pavement ants become a nuisance, call Adam’s Pest Control. Adam’s has a treatment protocol to control and prevent pavement ants in and around your home.
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Pavement Ants Treatment Options
One-time Ant Treatment
Adam’s licensed pest management professional will apply a non-repellent material to the foundation, doors, windows, eaves and overhangs to create a residual barrier around the exterior perimeter of your home; and will spot treat interior areas, as needed. Adam’s one-time ant treatment comes with a 3-month warranty.
Premier Ant Prevention
Never have ants again. Not only will Adam’s take care of your immediate ant problem, but we will proactively prevent ants from ever becoming a problem again. Most of our ant control customers prefer our ongoing 2x Premier Ant Prevention Service, which comes with a year-round guarantee.
Need to prevent more pests than just ants? Adam’s Premier Perimeter Program includes a minimum of 3 preventive barrier treatments around the exterior perimeter of your home for year-round prevention of common household bugs, including insects, spiders, and ants. Your Pest Management Professional inspects for pests, and then applies a season-specific, non-repellent, residual material to control common household pests before they can get inside. Comes with a 12-month guarantee.
Premier Home Pest Prevention
Adam’s best value for prevention and control of common household pests, including ants! Adam’s Premier Home Pest Prevention service provides year-round prevention of pests with a minimum of four visits throughout the year. Service visits focus on the exterior of your home, where most pest problems originate. And should a pest problem ever occur between scheduled visits, the plan includes additional treatments at no additional charge. This program includes common household pests like spiders, centipedes, sow bugs, and roaches and seasonal pests like wasps, multicolored Asian lady beetles, boxelder bugs, and mice, as well as ants.
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More About Pavement Ants
How Do I Know If I Have Pavement Ants?
Pavement ants make small, crater-like piles of excavated materials near cracks in the sidewalk and pavement, especially if located close to a lawn.
Occasionally they can be found in basements, near cracks in the floor or near a source of heat.
If you have a serious problem with pavement ants you will begin to see them in your home, especially in your kitchen.
The ants that you see are most likely worker pavement ants foraging for food.
What Do Pavement Ants Look Like?
Pavement ants are a small species of ant, with the workers reaching about 1/8” in length.
Pavement ants are dark brown to black with lighter colored legs and antennae.
Pavement ants have a petiole (the segment between the abdomen and thorax) with two nodes.
The thorax is uneven with one pair of spines.
There are grooves on the head and thorax of pavement ants.
Pavement ants have 12-segmented antennae with 3-segmented clubs.
Are Pavement Ants Dangerous?
No, pavement ants are considered nuisance pests.
Pavement ants are not aggressive and will avoid confrontation rather than trying to defend themselves.
Pavement ants do not sting, but they can pinch if handled.
Can My House Be Damaged by Pavement Ants?
No. Generally, pavement ants do not cause structural damage to your home.
A large nest under a slab or window bay could possibly excavate enough dirt to cause concern.
Why are Pavement Ants in My House or Yard?
If you see pavement ants inside your home, it is because they most likely found their way in while looking for food.
Pavement ants normally nest outdoors in the soil near or under driveways, slabs, sidewalks, and patios.
Pavement ants also nest in lawns in areas with vegetation cover >40% bare ground or under stones, wood, or boards near water.
Indoors, they nest under the foundation and within hollow block foundation walls, under floors or in insulation.
What Do Pavement Ants Eat?
Pavement ants are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plant and animal items, but they prefer fatty or greasy food.
Their normal diet consists of dead arthropods, including insects and carcasses of small vertebrates, such as birds, mice, frogs, but they will feed on sweets and the honeydew from aphids as well.
Often, they will also feed on young plants in your prized flower garden!
What Is the Lifecycle of Pavement Ants?
Usually there is one functional queen per colony. Winged reproductive ants undergo mating flights in the spring to form new colonies. (In heated buildings, a swarm may occur at any time of the year.)
Males die soon after mating, while fertilized females (queens) dig in the soil, shed their wings and begin laying eggs within two to three days.
Each queen may deposit from 5-20 eggs per day.
Eggs hatch in 8-12 days and go through three larval developmental instars (stages) taking approximately 25 days.
Pupae emerge as workers in 12-18 days.
The entire life cycle from egg to adult takes from 43-63 days.
Two Interesting Facts About Pavement Ants:
- Pavement ants are known to be very territorial.
- Workers will aggressively fight ants from adjacent colonies belonging to the same or different ant species.