Pavement Ants in Virginia
Pavement ants come by their name for their habit of nesting beside and under driveways, sidewalks, and foundations. This species of ant builds mounds and piles the dirt removed from the nest on top of the sidewalk or pavement. Found throughout Virginia, pavement ant nests may have a characteristic “dirt crater” around the opening. As household pests, these ants are attracted to both greasy and sweet foods. Due to their close proximity to homes and buildings, they often make their way indoors in search of food.
Pavement Ant Habitat
Pavement ants are most often found under or near sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Nests are located in open soil or under stones and pavement, masonry, or wood. Nests are usually located at ground level and workers use pipes or wires to move upward into structures. Although they prefer to be outdoors in warm weather, during winter, they are more likely to be found in homes near a heat source such as a radiator or heating duct.
Pavement Ant Behaviors, Threats or Dangers
Pavement ants are nuisance pests causing unsightly mounds of sand on driveways, patios, sidewalks, or in basements. Although they can bite and possess a stinger, they rarely bite humans. Known to invade trash bins, food prep surfaces, dishes, silverware, and stored food items, pavement ants can contaminate food as they forage. When their nests are not treated in time, pavement ants will continue to spread into new populations. Spotting small sand piles in structures near cracks in concrete slabs is an indication of a pavement ant infestation. and it is recommended to contact a licensed ant exterminator.
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