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Pavement Ants in Your Orland Park, IL House this Winter; Identification, Inspection Tips & More

Ants are found throughout most parts of the world, and with over 12,000 species, everyone has been exposed to ants. They are one of the older living insects around and with that kind of experience, most ants are very adaptable. The majority of ant species are social insects and they are very efficient at keeping the colony operating smoothly. Most people think of ants as a nuisance as they break into homes and businesses to steal food and the stinging bites are fairly uncomfortable. Throughout Illinois, we have several common species and among them are pavement ants. At this time, we at Pest Management Services would like to briefly discuss pavement ants.

Pavement Ant Identification

Pavement ants measure around 1/16” – 1/8” long, being one of the smaller species. Their six legs and antennae are paler than their blackish-brown bodies and typically, their abdomens are black. These ants have distinct spines on the back with two nodes on the petiole along with grooves across the head and thorax. They are seemingly more active during June and July because the swarmers (reproducers) are leaving the colony to begin a new one but pavement ants are actually active all year long. Honeydew, fruit, sweets, greasy foods, pet food, and insects consist primarily of their diet.

Where Do Pavement Ants Live & Nest

With their preference for constructing nests under paved structures, such as under stones and cracks of pavement, as well as next to buildings. Just beneath the slab, they are rightfully named pavement ants. The foragers enter through cracks in slabs or other openings as well as through expansion joints in slabs when nesting under the slab-on-grade construction. When living outdoors, around concrete objects like sidewalks, driveways, patios, curbs, and so on pavement ants are busy removing the soil. They can also potentially be witnessed by the cracks or joints in the sidewalks or driveways as they displace the loose soil.

Pavement Ant Inspection

If you notice these dark color ants working feverishly outdoors near your home or business, check around large rocks, logs, underneath brick patios, and the home’s foundation along with any other pavement structure. Noticing them inside should prompt you to inspect the plumbing lines, sinks, toilets, the edges of carpets, the insulation of attics and wall voids, as well as behind baseboards. To effectively neutralize pavement ants, their trails and colony need to be efficiently treated, which is no easy task without the expertise and adequate products.

Ant Control

Generally, people will see the pavement ants in their home as they march through the kitchen to claim the sweets and other food they can scavenge. Pavement ants are more docile and avoid confrontation, but will bite if they feel threatened; although during the spring, pavement ants have demonstrated more aggressive behavior concerning other ant species. Despite the unpleasant sting associated with their bite, pavement ants do not necessarily pose a health risk. With multiple queens in the colony, their numbers can be excessive, making termination a challenge. If you suspect pavement ants are running a muck in your home or business call in the experts of Pest Management Services to get started on the removal process.

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