Are Pavement Ants In Chicago Dangerous?

Pavement Ant crawling on food.
Pest remediation shouldn’t be put on an “as-needed” basis. Ongoing assistance is the best course of action. The reason is that insects and creatures will always be on the prowl and looking for opportunities to invade your Chicago home or business. Many species are known for ruining personal belongings and human dwellings. For instance, tearing up fabrics, furniture, or foundations. An equal amount can injure or make you sick with their scratches, bites, or stings. Further, creepy crawlers often harbor illness-causing germs. 

Just because ants are common and tiny, it doesn’t mean they are innocent. They are a threat because of the bacteria on their skin, which can taint food and surfaces. Various subgroups, such as pavement ants, come with additional risks. Find out more about this and how you can avoid these bugs with Aerex Pest Control.

How Do Pavement Ants Function? What Are the Dangers?

Pavement ants are very small, as most are. Their brown or black bodies are 0.09 to 0.12 of an inch long. They have lighter-colored appendages that stick out from their figures. Based on their name, you might’ve guessed that they surround sidewalks and driveways. Mulch and soil also get their attention. Ground piles and mounds form as they dig through dirt. When they aren’t doing this, they are congregating around logs, rocks, bricks, and porches. Given their activities, it’s not easy to find their nests.

Since pavement ants are usually in yards and near walkways, they’ll be close to your home or business. They won’t have to travel far to get indoors. These pests will forage their way past openings in floors and foundations to locate sustaining food and water. Among the things they’ll eat are:

  • Seeds
  • Sweet items
  • Proteins and meat
  • Grease
  • Pet fare
  • Aphids honeydew
  • Fellow insects

As long as pavement ants have access to meals and moisture, they won’t leave. It won’t take much time for them to build nests in walls, flooring, kitchens, and insulation. You’ll instantly have a big problem because these critters move in masses and procreate with speed. Colonies can contain multiple queens and countless workers. If you see their dirt mountains outside or their winged swarmers, you have an infestation. There are three main concerns with pavement ants. The first is the contamination of food and surfaces; the second is damage to the lawn. Last, but not least, these bugs can sting you.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Pavement Ants?

Perform these tasks to keep pavement ants away: 

  • Close gaps in foundations, screens, windows, doors, and utility lines
  • Attach sweeps to all exterior doors 
  • Cut the grass and trim greenery frequently
  • Sit wood, rocks, and plants feet away from the property
  • Remove organic debris from the yard 
  • Clean food crumbs and spills immediately and don’t forget those on patios and decks 
  • Use airtight containers for food and garbage storage, including pet food 
  • Make sure the kitchen, pantries, and cabinets stay neat
  • Routinely wash dishes 
  • Vacuum and take out the trash often 
  • Fix leaks and moisture malfunctions

How Will Aerex Pest Control Handle Pavement Ants?

The technicians at Aerex Pest Control are licensed and certified by the state. This means they will have the required expertise to accurately classify ant populations and quickly find their hubs. They’ll be able to advise you on stopping future intrusions and select an appropriate treatment. Our solutions are affordable but no less powerful than that of a pricey company. Most importantly, they are safe for humans and pets. Call us today at Aerex Pest Control to get started with one of our comprehensive plans! Guarantees are available!

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