Pavement Ant Identification in Florida
What Are Pavement Ants?
Pavement ants are small black or brown ants that often nest in cracks in pavement, such as on sidewalks or patios. While many ants don't like extreme temperatures, pavement ants thrive on heat, which is why they're so common in Florida. The hot summer pavement is the perfect environment for them.
Pavement ants can be very territorial and aggressive - toward other ants. They do have stingers, but they'll only sting humans if they have to. They will battle other ant colonies, however, often during the springtime when new colonies are establishing.
Why Are Pavement Ants in My House?
While pavement ants are most common outside, sometimes they'll congregate inside homes, creating an in-home infestation of pavement ants.
Like all ants, pavement ants are attracted to moisture. If there are any leaks in your home, they'll find them and flock to them as a water source (everyone needs water!).
Pavement ants are also attracted to the food in your home. They love cheese, nuts, seeds, meat, and more, plus a sugary substance called honeydew that's likely on your shrubs.
As long as pavement ants can get to these food and water sources in your home, they'll keep infesting your home.
How to Get Rid of Pavement Ants
To get rid of pavement ants, you need to keep them from getting into your home in the first place. To do this, you need to check your home for entry points. Entry points for pavement ants can be cracks and crevices, broken pipes, gaps in windows and doors
The next step is getting rid of the honeydew-producing insects including whiteflies, mealybugs, and other scale insects. Without honeydew on your plants, your yard will attract less pavement ants. It will also attract less ghost ants, big-headed ants, Argentine ants, carpenter ants, acrobat ants, and white-footed ants as well.
If you want to take more direct measures, we recommend that you find a non-repellent product like Maxforce Quantum, Optigard Ant Gel, or Advion Ant Gel. Baits are typically much more effective than sprays because they provide a more stealthy approach. Instead of killing on contact, the bait doesn't start to kill the ants until it has reached the queen.
Pavement Ant Control in Florida
If you're dealing with a pesky pavement ant infestation, let the professionals help. Native Pest Management is a reliable pest control company in the metro areas of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and Tallahassee, FL. Using pet friendly and eco-friendly ant control products, we know exactly how to eliminate pavement ants in Florida completely.
To hear more about our pet friendly pavement ant control in Florida, give us a call today!
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