How to Deal with Pavement Ants

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Adult pavement ants are one of the ant species that live in the walls. They vary in colour, from dark from to black.

Should you be alarmed?

Pavements ants are not dangerous but they can be a terrible nuisance. Although they also have a stinger, they rarely use it and are not as aggressive as crazy ants (the ants in the potted plants). However, they are capable of silent property invasions. Before you know it, there are already thousands of them in your home.

Where do they nest?

Pavement ants get in the cracks of pavements. Their nests are usually in the cracks under and along sidewalks, driveways, concrete slabs and foundations. In homes, they reside behind walls, under floors, in crawlspaces and insulation.

What do they eat?

Pavement ants consume dead insects, fruits, grease and carbohydrates. They are attracted to compost piles, kitchen scraps and garbage.

How can you get rid them?

There are commercially-prepared products that are effective against ants. However, pavements ants nest in hard-to-reach areas that make detection and elimination more complicated.

If you suspect an infestation, it is better to contact a licensed pest control company in Melbourne. They have a staff trained in the fast and effective detection, elimination and prevention of ant infestations.

How can you prevent them from coming back?

  • Caulk cracks around doors and windows. Seal any void around your home’s exterior walls and foundation.
  • Seal the spaces around pipes, wires and other utilities that enter your home.
  • Dispose garbage properly. Make sure the garbage cans have tight lids.
  • Keep compost piles away from your home.
  • Wipe crumbs and spills right away. Store food in the refrigerator or sealed containers.

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