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How To Get Rid Of Pavement Ants Outside

Zach C
Zach C

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Pavement ants are one of the most common types of ant species found around homes. They get their name “pavement ant” due to that fact that they are commonly found near or on sidewalks, driveways, and on other paved areas. While they don’t cause harm (unless you have an infestation) they can be a real nuisance, like any pest. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know to effectively get rid of pavement ants in your outdoor areas.

How to identify a pavement ant

Before you can get rid of pavement ants, it’s important to accurately identify them. Pavement ants are small, brownish-black ants that measure about 1/10 to 1/8 inch in length. They have a distinctive pair of spines on the thorax and parallel grooves on the head and thorax. They can be confused with sugar ants as they look very similar. With that said, they have a subtle differences as you will see in the chart below.

CharacteristicPavement AntsSugar AntsCarpenter Ants
Body SizeSmall (2.5-3.5mm)Small (2.5-3.5mm)Larger (6-12mm)
ColorBrownish-blackLight to dark brownBlack or dark brown
ShapeElongated & slenderElongated and slenderElongated and thicker
AntennaElbowed antennaeElbowed antennaeStraight antennae
HeadHeart-shaped headRound-shaped headSquare-shaped head
Distinctive FeatureSingle node in petioleTwo nodes in petioleSingle node in petiole, but larger
Pavement Ant
Sugar Ant
Carpenter Ant

Pavement ants are small ants with a brownish-black color and an elongated, slender body. They have elbowed antennae and a heart-shaped head.

Sugar ants are small, with a light to dark brown color, and an elongated, slender body. They have elbowed antennae and a round-shaped head. One distinctive feature of pavement ants is that they have a single node in their petiole, while carpenter ants have a single node in their petiole, but it is larger, and sugar ants have two nodes in their petiole.

Carpenter ants are larger, with a black or dark brown color, and a thicker body. They have straight antennae and a square-shaped head.

How to prevent pavement ants (application methods)

Preventing pavement ants from entering your home or outdoor areas is the first step in controlling them. Like any insect, pavement ants need a food source and living area. They also love moisture. If you have a pavement ant problem, here are the available application methods to get rid of them.

Application MethodDIY Pest ControlProfessional Pest ControlStore-Bought Pest Control
EffectivenessHighModerate to HighLow
Speed of ResultsFastFastSlow
SafetySafe when used according to the labelSafe when performed by a professionalMay be hazardous
Cost$$ ($136/year)$$$$ (~$600+/year)$ (~$50-75/year)
MaintenanceLittle to no maintenanceLittle to no maintenanceRegular Maintenance

DIY Pest Control is by far the most effective pest control option for the money spent. DIY Pest Control is 1) High in effectiveness, 2) Fast in how quick it works, 3) Safe, when comparing against other application methods, 4) 5x cheaper than professional pest control, 5) Requires little to no maintenance once applied (4 applications per year).

Professional pest control is also a great option for pest control. It carries a lot of the same benefits as DIY pest control but is by far the most expensive option (5x+ more expensive than DIY pest control)

Store bought products are the least expensive option, but they may not be as effective as professional or DIY methods, and they may require multiple applications. Additionally, store bought products are typical for spot treatments and are rarely effective as a home treatment method.

How to keep pavement ants from returning

Like any pests, pavement ants are a real nuisance to have roaming around your home. With a combination of best practices and DIY pest control, you can easily eliminate and prevent pavement ants. Once you’ve effectively found and eliminated the pavement ants, it’s important to keep the pavement ants from returning. To do this, make sure to keep your home clean and clutter free, dispose of waste regularly, and keep food in airtight containers. For the most effective and consistent results, we recommend applying DIY pest control (Bug Box) at least four (4) times a year.

Getting rid of pavement ants outside requires a combination of prevention and control measures. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can effectively eliminate an ant infestation and prevent ants from returning. Whether you prefer a natural or chemical approach, there are options available to help you get rid of pavement ants for good. If you have any questions, contact us today! We are happy to help.

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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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