Pavement ants are about ⅛ of an inch long and have a dark brown to blackish coloration. When they get into a home, they come by the hundreds and sometimes thousands. This can be quite frustrating. But it can also lead to the spread of harmful bacteria from trash bins to food-preparation surfaces. While pavement ants are considered to be low on the threat list for ant pests, they can and do spread illness. No matter what type of ant gets into your Pittsburgh home, it is important to get them out and keep them out. How do you keep ants out of your house? The secret is addressing attractants and entry points.

Ant Attractants

There are many things that can attract ants to your foundation perimeter. When they do, they will increase the ant population near your home and increase your chances of an infestation. Some common attracts for pavements ants are stones in landscaping, stone walkways, dampness and lots of vegetation.

Ant Entry Points

Pavement ants are most likely to get into your home through cracks or gaps in your foundation walls. Cracks in your foundation, gaps around pipes, damaged basement window frames and other gaps and cracks in low areas can give these insects entry into your home.

What to Do When Ants Get In

When ants get in, many homeowners turn to natural remedies like creating a salt spray and spraying the ants to kill them. Does Salt kill ants? Yes. But spraying salt water can damage your floor's finish, tarnish metal fixtures and corrode other materials. There are better products for eliminating ants.

What about laying salt down in a line to keep ants from coming in the way they're coming in? This can work a little bit. If you find the right location and lay salt down as a barrier, ants may turn around and go back out the way they came. They are, however, more likely to find a way around. And, once again, that salt can damage your floor. It is better to use some form of sealant to close the gaps they're coming in through.  

If you find a product that eliminates ants without damaging your property and you seal the entry points they're using to get into your kitchen, you could stop those ants for a little bit but there is a high probability that they'll come in another way. Direct treatments aren't usually a permanent solution.

"How do I permanently get rid of ants in my house?"

If you remove attractants, seal external entry points and address internal access points into your kitchen, you may find a permanent solution. But there is a better, and much easier way to deal with ants permanently: Have a licensed pest management professional apply treatments that target and eliminate those colonies. A professional uses trusted products and well-established pest control methods to arrest ant infestations.

Can I do these treatments myself?

One of the products used to get rid of ants is baits. But there are many things that can go wrong when applying baits. A pest professional is trained in the proper selection and application of bait products—moreover, a pest professional can track down where your infestation is located. The colony may not be in the ground outside. It could be in your walls. Can ants live in walls? Yes. Some types of ants can create a nest inside wall voids and pavement ants are one of them. When they get in, they find a warm humid location, such as near a hot water line. From this location, they can quickly head right up into your kitchen.

If you live in Pittsburg, let Witt Pest Management help you find and eliminate those ants. It's the easier, more effective way to get rid of ants in Pittsburg. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.