Pavement Ants Around Buildings

Pavement Ants Around Buildings


Pavement ants are the most common ant species
found. They are small, between a tenth and a sixteenth of an inch, and are usually dark
brown colored. These ants nest in the soil, often under pavement or rocks in open soil
close to building foundations, or under mulch and landscaped beds. Nests can contain from
ten thousand to thirty thousand ants. Look for small mounds of soil at entrances to their
nest. During the winter, worker pavement ants are not usually active because of the cold
temperatures. Pavement ants feed on a wide variety of food. Sweets, nectar, fruits, and
syrups are usually the most common food sources. Worker ants will forage for food up to thirty
feet from the colony and readily set up trails to and from food sources. Ants entering buildings
from outdoors can be discouraged by sealing as many cracks and gaps in exterior walls,
as possible. You can use soapy water to temporarily evacuate ants while it gives you time to bait
and kill the queen. Because of the large number of worker ants. It is important to actually
kill the queen in order to dissolve the colony. Otherwise, you can kill thousands of pavement
ants that are only workers, and won’t affect the colony.

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