Dealing With Ants In Your Paving

Ants are a problem all year round, but they definitely become more a pest in the summer. Having an ant infestation can be a reoccurring problem, and it’s a real pain to deal with.

If you have paving around your property, you will most likely have observed ants. They are tiny black/brown ants that nest in the cracks between paving. When your paving has sand in between it, it’s an ants heaven. Once an ant has made it’s nest in your paving, it’s only a small step to your house. The nests they build are unsightly and can actually cause damage to your paving.

Ants are very social insects and they all belong to colonies. They are considered social because they all live together, they have different groups that they belong to and their populations have a generational overlap.

The ants you may have seen in your paving around your home will be the worker class of ants. They will be out foraging for food and water to provide for the rest of the colony, especially the queen ant. The ants you see are only a tiny part of the ants colony. The ants you don’t see are in much larger numbers. Because of how ants live, it takes a special approach to treat them.

One of the most effective ways of treating an ant problem is to call in one of our professional pest controllers here at Pest Exterminators. A great approach to eliminating ants is to use their behaviour and colony against them. Ants communicate with each other using pheromones. Disrupting this trail will stop ants finding food and water they may have found on your property.

A DIY pest control method you can use to eliminate as many paving ants as possible is the honey trick. Most insects love honey, so ants are no exception. Put some honey on a small piece of paper or card and the ants will start to leave a trail to tell other ants there is food nearby. Once the ants are actively going towards the honey, replace it with insecticide. The ants will then take the poison back to the colony as food, and you will take care of a fair few ants. We hope you stay ant free this summer!

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