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Are Pavement Ants Spoiling Your Sidewalk Café?

June 11, 2013

The sun is shining, the weather is warm. The ambience of your sidewalk café beckons customers to sit a while and enjoy some good food and conversation.  While the warm weather may bring increased customers, it may also bring some unwanted guests. Pavement ants, a soil-nesting species, are frequent visitors in the Midwest.

Pavement ant workers range in size between 2.5 and 4 mm and vary in color from dark brown to black.  Most colonies are located under concrete slabs, sidewalks and even rocks. It is common to see piles of dirt and debris near the top of foundation walls and cracks in the sidewalk.  Ants enter these structures through cracks in foundation walls. These pesky creatures feed on a variety of foods.

There are two types of pavement ants; those who feed on sweets and those who feed on grease. Sweets and sugar, fruits and nectar and syrups are readily accepted by the pavement ants. Pavement ants that feed on grease prefer dead insects and small seeds. The food is collected and stored in the nest. Nearly any crumb of food that is dropped on the concrete floor will be consumed by a pavement ant.

The good news is that pavement ants can be controlled, but it's difficult to do that yourself. The use of bait traps don’t kill ants immediately. Instead, the worker ants will carry the poisoned bait back to the colonies and eliminate them. If you want to eliminate pavement ants, your best bet is to contact a professional pest control company that will handle the problem safely and professionally.

Staying a step ahead of pavement ants can ensure your summer business isn't driven off by unruly pests.

Authored By: Eric Scherzinger

Quality ProNational Pest Management AssociationOPMABetter Business Bureau Angies List Super Service Award

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