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paperclip small brown pavement ant

Quick Identification

>Color: Dark brown to blackish

>Legs: 6

>Shape: Segmented; oval

>Size: 1/8"

>Antennae: Yes

>Flight: No

Pavement Ants

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Tetramorium caespitum

Overview Of Pavement Ants In Pennsylvania

Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.

Pavement Ant Habits

These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese. These ants live in or under pavement cracks on the outside of structures. On the inside of homes in Pittsburgh, Churchill, and Oakmont, pavement ants can nest in walls, in insulation and under floors. The likely harborage area that we have observed is in ground-level masonry walls of the foundation, especially on the side of or near the main heating source in the home.

Threats Posed By Pavement Ants

These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided. Pavement ants often use pipes coming from slabs for access to the inside of structures, through slab expansion joints and natural openings.

Prevention Of Pavement Ants In Pennsylvania

Most types of ants are attracted to moisture, so elimination of any standing water is essential. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around your house. In addition, if there is a build-up of food material such as grease, meat products, sweet substances, bread and other similar organic residue, these conditions need to be cleaned and removed. Witt technicians are highly skilled to treat for sources or potential sources of ant activity, including sealing/caulking small cracks that could be entry points for small household ants. We will localize where nests are present and eliminate them through comprehensive treatments designed for control and future prevention.

Pavement Ant Control Services 

A highly skilled pest management professional should be enlisted to evaluate the pavement ant activity in order to generate a custom-tailored solution. Our Pittsburgh pest control pros resolve ant infestations utilizing a variety of ant treatment options, including:

  • Surveillance

  • Baiting program

  • Exclusion

To learn more about our effective pest control services in the Pittsburgh area, please contact us today!

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