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Pavement Ant Identification

Frequently Asked Questions About Pavement Ants

What you need to know about pavement ants

Pavement ants are small black ants that regularly find their way into Fairfax and surrounding area properties. Ants are among the most common household pests that homeowners contend with year after year. Implementing professional pest control services is the best way to avoid problems with these and other invasive household pests. 

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What are pavement ants?

Pavement ants live in large numbers in urban and suburban areas. They thrive in the warm temperatures of summer and are the small ants you see trailing around your yard in large numbers. Their small size means they also regularly end up inside our homes. Like other ants, pavement ants live and work together in large groups, some colonies having more than 10,000 members, making them tricky pests to control and eliminate.

Are pavement ants dangerous?

Pavement ants are nuisance ants. They don't pose significant dangers to people or cause structural damage in our homes. Though they aren't dangerous, pavement ants are still unwanted. When pavement ants live outside in large numbers, they will eventually wind up in your house. As pavement ants travel over the surfaces of your home, they spread bacteria. These ants will also contaminate your family's food as they gather morsels to bring back to their "family" at the nest.

Why do I have a pavement ant problem?

Pavement ants prefer to nest outside and are often found nesting in the damp soil near our foundations. These ants use their keen sense of smell to find food. Initially, pavement ants will move to and from your home each day once they find a food source, but eventually, they will build a satellite nest in your home permanently.

The more food sources available to them, the more likely they will create a nesting site indoors. Things like dirty dishes, uneaten pet food, open trash cans, and crumb-filled counters provide ants with reliable food sources.

Where will I find pavement ants?

What initially attracts pavement ants to a Fairfax, VA property is food. Ants eat many of the same foods we do, so it is common to find them in large numbers near outdoor eating areas, trash cans, and gardens.

Outdoors, pavement ants like to nest in the exposed soil next to sidewalks, driveways, and foundations. They also nest in cracks in masonry walls, under woodpiles, and underneath fallen trees. Indoor nesting spots include insulation, behind walls voids, and crawl spaces. 

How do I get rid of pavement ants?

Ants are common and difficult pests for homeowners to deal with; if you have discovered pavement ants on your property, don't hesitate to reach out for help. SPRK Pest Solutions offers the best solutions to get rid of your Fairfax property's ant problems. We are committed to our customers and offering effective pest control solutions!

Our experienced professionals provide our customers with pest control treatments designed to meet their property's unique needs. Our pest control services are high-quality, guaranteed, and eco-friendly. If you live in the Fairfax area and would like more information about our residential pest control or commercial pest control options, please call today!

How can I prevent pavement ants in the future?

Stop pavement ants from taking over your Fairfax property using the following prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks that develop in sidewalks, walkways, and driveways.
  • Inspect the foundation of your home, sealing any openings you find. 
  • Place lids on all outdoor trash cans and compost bins.
  • Keep kitchen and pantry areas free of crumbs and clean up spills immediately.
  • Regularly wipe down tables and counters and vacuum floors.
  • Store your family's food in refrigerators, not on counters or tables.
  • Eliminate water sources by repairing leaky pipes and fixtures and ensuring gutters are working properly. 

Call today for help keeping pavement ants out of your Fairfax area home!

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