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Pavement Ants are small pests (ranging from 1/10 - 1/16 inches in length) that can be found in many parts of the US, as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida.† These pests also thrive in parts of California, mid-west and southeastern United States.† Each individual colony contains thousands of workers, multiple queens and is usually locates at one particular site; white footed ants ad carpenter ants can have satellite colonies or build huge nests that cover hundreds of feet.

 

This is a two node ant (has two segments or nodes in its pedicel) and is dark brown in color.† Its antennae has 12 segments, and its thorax has one set of spines.† The first physical characteristic noticed is the lines which seem to have been sculptured on the ants head.† These groves are evident on the head and thorax.

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Ant Bed Description:† The pavement ant earns its name well, building nests beneath and along the sides of pavement; Patios, driveways, sidewalks, foundations of homes.† These pests can also be found inside of homes and other structures in walls voids, beneath toilets and water heaters.† They also will readily nest in and beneath insulation in walls and attics.† Outdoors, you will see pavement ants nesting beneath mulch, landscaping, stones and logs, and also along curbs.†

 

The ant beds usually appear as piles of misplaced soil, with out a distinctive appearance such as that of a fire ant or Allegheny mound ant.† These lose piles of soil occasionally will be a slight crater appearance, resembling the smaller mound of the pyramid ant.† Which always builds a small crater-shaped mound.†

 

Foraging, Food references:†† Pavement ants are active foragers who will set up trails along baseboards, beneath the edges of carpets, beneath loilets and other areas inside a structure.† Worker ants will also readily move to different rooms and floors via plumbing lines.† These line not only provide a highway but also entry points, moisture source and in cold seasons heat.† The small ants feed on a varity of foods, including grease, sweets, seeds and dead insects.†† Pet foods or any food dropped on the floor will quickly be covered with pavement ants.† They also feed on Honeydew produced by aphids and are an occasional pests of vegetable gardens.† Aphids on Ornamental plants can be one fo many sources to seek and eliminate as they produce food

Before choosing a product or method for eliminating pavement ant colonies, a thorough inspection must be made, both indoors and out.† A night time inspection will reveal more foraging ants, making your job easier.† Follow any foraging ants back to their colonies.†

 

Colonies located in wall voids can be treated by injecting a professional insecticide dust such as Delta Dust or Drione Dust; Delta dust being water proof is best for killing ants which live or forage close to plumbing lines or other areas associated with moisture.†

 

Lcate and drench all visible outdoor ant beds.†† Products containing either Cypermethrin (Cynoff, Demon, Cyper Eight, Viper) or Bifenthrin (Talstar) work best.† These products can also be used in your indoor control of pavements ants, roaches, spiders and other household pests.