Those small, black ants that you see on almost every sidewalk are pavement ants. Ubiquitous in Salt Lake County and Utah County, they’re fine when they’re outside but unfortunately they can also infest your home, causing damage while they do it.
Ants are abundant everywhere in Utah and pavement ants are one of the most common species around. These ants are attracted to a wide variety of food sources so are the most likely ant you’ll find in your yard or infesting your home.
As their name suggests, in urban areas, pavement ants nest under sidewalks and they are also commonly found under the foundations of buildings and under patios. Once a scout has found its way into a building through a tiny crack or opening, they leave chemical scent trails that other pavement ants can follow to a food source. As this can be anything from other insects to something sweet, you might find a trail of busy pavement ants almost anywhere in your home.
Pavement ants have a sting but it’s too weak to be dangerous to humans. They are a real nuisance if they infest your home, however, contaminating food and surfaces and leaving trails for thousands more ants to follow. Pavement ants can cause damage outside the home: if they have nested under slabs, driveways or other surfaces, the ground underneath might become compromised, eventually causing sagging, movement or collapse. They also leave piles of earth by their nests which can be unsightly.
There are some things you can do to try and prevent tiny pavement ants from entering your home but you generally won’t realize you have an issue until they’re already inside. Following these tips may dissuade pavement ants from making your kitchen their next target:
There are many natural methods you can try for getting rid of pavement ants such as:
If you have a serious pavement ant infestation, ant baits may also be effective but the best way to remove them is to call a professional pest control company like H2 Pest Control. Serving all across Salt Lake County and Utah County, we can identify and solve your pavement ant problems.