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How Much Does It Cost To Get Rid Of Pavement Ants

Zach C
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Pavement ants can become a nuisance quickly so it is important to deal with them right away before the problem gets worse. In this article we will go over the levels of pavement ant infestations to be aware of, the methods you can use to get rid of pavement ants, as well as prevention steps to keep pavement ants out of your home.

The extent of the pavement ant infestation

The cost to eliminate pavement ants varies depending on the the extent of the infestation and the method you choose get rid of the problem. If you have a pavement ant infestation, it is important to deal with the problem right away as they can contaminate food and spread disease. Two factors that can affect the cost of getting rid of pavement ants include the size of the infestation and the treatment method. The three levels of a pavement ant infestation include small, moderate, and severe infestations. We will break down the difference in these three levels below so you will have an idea of the extent of the infestation.

The extent of a pavement ant infestation

Methods to get rid of pavement ants

There are a few options to get rid of pavement ants including pesticides, bait traps, heat treatments, and physical removal. Each method has its own associated cost and effectiveness. For more detailed information about pavement ants, review our complete removal guide here.

Chemical Pesticides – The recommended solution for getting rid of pavement ants is using chemical pesticides. This method is highly effective and can be done by yourself or by hiring a professional. Similar to other pest problems, if you choose to hire a professional to get rid of pavement ants, you will pay a lot more for treatment compared to tackling the problem on your own. Professional pest control can cost a couple hundred dollars depending on the extent of the pavement ant infestation, while doing it yourself will be a fraction of that cost.

Bait Traps – Using bait traps is a fairly inexpensive method to eliminate pavement ants, although, it may take more time to get rid of the ants. Bait traps can be placed in areas where ant activity is present. The ants will be attracted to the slow acting poison inside the traps which they will then share with the rest of the colony.

Heat Treatments – Another inexpensive method to get rid of pavement ants is to apply heat to their nests. You can use a propane torch to kill off pavement ants and their eggs. It is important to note that using heat treatments can eliminate the immediate presence of pavement ants, but it may not keep new colonies from returning later on.

Physical Removal – While physical removal may be the cheapest method to get rid of pavement ants, it can be difficult and even dangerous to do. Once you have identified pavement ant nests, you can remove them by carefully digging up the nest and removing the ants and their eggs. It is important to note this method may put you at risk for a pavement ant bite. Pavement ant bites are not always dangerous but if the ants feel threatened, there bite could cause mild skin irritation or swelling.

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How to prevent pavement ants from coming back

Once you have taken care of a pavement ant infestation, it is important to keep them from returning. Here are some steps for preventing pavement ants from coming back:

  1. Seal cracks – Make sure the foundation and exterior walls are sealed to prevent pavement ants from getting into your home. Use weatherstripping and screens on windows and doors for extra protection.
  2. Clean up food – Promptly clean up food spills or crumbs that can attract pavement ants. Also, it is important to keep food in airtight containers.
  3. Remove standing water – Pavement ants are attracted to sources of water. Check for leaky faucets or clogged gutters to remove water build up.
  4. Trim plants – Make sure tree branches and plants are trimmed regularly so they do not touch the exterior of your home. This will eliminate potential ant passageways to get inside your home.
  5. Use Bug Box By using DIY pest control, you can eliminate the immediate presence of pavement ants as well as prevent them from coming back. Create a bug-free barrier around your home today by spraying 3 feet up and 3 feet out along the foundation of the exterior of your home. This preventative measure will be the most effective to keep your home free from pavement ants for months at a time!

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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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