Pavement Ant Control in South Florida
Here in South Florida, we get many first time homeowners who move down from out of state for our warm weather. Along with new homes come new pests that they’ve never seen before. One of these pests is the Pavement Ant aka the Driveway Ant, a pest that puts its nest front and center in the most noticeable spot on the property.
Often referred to as sugar ants, they aren’t satisfied simply by dotting your driveway with unsightly mounds of dirt. They also take up residence in the pavers and bricks around your new pool that you moved down here to enjoy year-round.
Rest assured, they can be eliminated and prevented in the future.
What Are Pavement Ants?
As their name makes clear, Pavement Ants love pavement and all types of bricks and pavers. Which now makes me wonder, what were they called before pavement existed? And where did they live?
Anyway, Pavement Ants are typically a black to brown color and are relatively small, about 1/8 – 1/16 inch in length (they still aren’t as small as the Ghost Ants that are taking over homes throughout South Florida.)
Pavement Ant swarmers will usually appear in June or July and you may find ants with wings outside during this time period (learn how to differentiate them from termites with wings.)
Get Rid of Ants in Driveways
My preferred method of any long term pest control strategy is to eliminate the food source your target pest is consuming. By identifying the food that is attracting a pest to your property and removing it, you are taking the primary reason away a pest is heading towards your home instead of your neighbor’s.
In the case of Pavement Ants, like many other pests in South Florida, that food source is honeydew. Their most common food source is honeydew, followed by insects, sweets, and fruits. Honeydew is a substance secreted by insects eating the various plants and trees on your property.
If left untreated, plants such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, gardenias, ficus hedges and palm trees are the perfect targets of various pests. By applying preventative treatments for whiteflies, mealybugs, aphids, and scale you will eliminate the honeydew production on your property that is drawing Pavement Ants to your driveway and patio.
Once their food source is eliminated, you can take out the stragglers that still may find their way onto your driveway and patio with professional pest control applications to Pavement Ant nests.
How to Get Rid of Pavement Ants?
Once the nearby food source of paver ants is eliminated, it’s time to target the ants themselves. We recommend using a combination of products for the most effective pavement ant control.
Contact kill sprays typically are only temporarily effective, since spraying the individual mounds can seem like you are playing whack-a-mole as new ones will pop up in different areas of your driveway.
We recommend non-repellant sprays for ants like Dominion, Termidor, and Alpine used in conjunction with granular baits like Intice 10 and Maxforce Complete. A combination of products applied on a regular basis will increase the likelihood of gaining long term control of the ants, to prevent them from returning to your driveway and patio.
For guaranteed pavement ant control, contact us today for a free pest control inspection.
Native Pest Management
2731 Vista Pkwy Unit D5
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Phone: 561-328-8290 (Call or text today for a free quote!)