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Do Pavement Ants Bite?

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One of the most common ant species found inside and outside of homes is the pavement ant. Pavement ants can cause various levels of discomfort depending on the size of infestation. As with any other bug infestation it is important to take care of the problem right away. Not only are pavement ants a nuisance if found around your home, they also are known to bite. A pavement ant bite is not poisonous, although, their bite can cause irritation, pain, and itching, so be sure to take care of your ant problem today. Pavement ants will bite if they feel threatened or disturbed, so it is best to avoid getting to close to them or touching them. It is recommended to use pest control, like Bug Box, to eliminate a pavement ant colony quickly and prevent them from returning.

Pavement Ant Habits

Similar to other pests, pavement ants have habits that can help you identify if you have an infestation and notice ways to prevent them from coming around your home. Use this list to help you monitor for early signs of an infestation and prevent them from returning.

  1. Nests: Like their name suggests, pavement ants often build their nests in the cracks of the pavement and concrete. You can also find pavement ants nests under rocks, logs and soil.
  2. Food: Pavement ants eat a variety of foods including seeds, dew from aphids, grease, and meat. Since they are often attracted to areas with a food source, it is important to clean up after food preparation and remove trash often to avoid attracting pavement ants.
  3. Colonies: Pavement ant colonies are often very large in size- usually involving thousands of ants! Since they are a highly social species, multiple colonies may congregate close to each other. Since these infestations can become quite large in number, using pest control as a barrier around your house can protect your home from becoming a target for pavement ant colonization.
  4. Defense: If threatened, pavement ants will bite. This strong defense mechanism is a trait among the entire colony as they will alert other ants to defend the colony against a threat.

Pavement Ant Infestations

You can find pavement ant infestations in both residential and commercial settings. If you suspect a pavement ant infestation you can take care of the problem today with Bug Box! Bug Box uses a safe, easy to use, professional grade pesticide that will eliminate a pavement ant infestations in both settings. Here are some common locations you may find a pavement ant infestation and how to get rid of the infestation fast.

  • Indoors- Pavement ants enter homes and buildings through cracks and crevices in the foundation or gaps around windows in doors. Once pavement ants find their way inside, they will build nests in walls or insulation and forage for food. To prevent pavement ants from coming inside your home it is important to ensure all cracks in your foundation are sealed properly. Also, repair any holes in screens around windows and consider using door sweeps. In addition to these preventative measures, it is important to spray a bug-free barrier on the foundation around the perimeter of your home to keep the pavement ants away for good.
  • Outdoors- Pavement ant nests can be found in soil and under rocks, logs, or other outdoor debris. It is important to take care of pavement ant infestations outdoors so they don’t eventually try to get inside. If using DIY pest control you can get rid of pavement ants outside by spraying directly on nests from a few feet away.
  • Gardens- In addition to outdoor pavement ant infestations, you can also find infestation in gardens. As they eat seeds, seedlings, and the sap of plants, pavement ants can cause damage to plants. If you have an infestation in your garden, you can spray pesticide directly onto the nest from a few feet away to eliminate the presence of pavement ants in your garden.

Identify Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are small in size, about an 1/8 inch long, and black or brown in color. They are very common in urban and suburban areas. It is important to address a suspected pavement ant infestation quickly to prevent infestations multiplying and to minimize the risk of bites to people or pets. Try Bug Box today to keep pavements away from your home or business.

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Zach C

Zach C

Zach is a licensed professional pest control expert with over 8 years of experience. Zach has a passion for DIY pest control and helping others become pest-free. When Zach isn't writing about DIY pest control he is riding his dirt bike, skiing, or enjoying the great outdoors with his wife and kids.

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