What do I look for?
Pavement ants are one of the ants that we lump into a category called sugar ants. Characteristics of these ants include a feeding trail leading back and forth from the food source and a hole or exit. Pavement ants live under slabs of concrete or asphalt. Other identifiers are ants foraging, no longer in a trail but walking all over, searching for food on your counter tops. Once they find a morsel of food they communicate this to other ants with a pheromone scent. If you see the trail look for where you keep your food sources that have sugar. Other favorite areas are below the high chair, under the kitchen cabinets or on your counter top.
The main food source will be either a protein based or sugar based food depending on what the queen has communicated to the colony. The time of year, whether the queen is producing more ants or sugars for larval growth has the most to do with the diet requirements of the colony.
Treatment of Pavement Ants
Pavement ants have a specific diet, either sweets or proteins so depending on the time of year your technician will use a specific bait and place it near the feeding trail. The ants will consume the bait, return to the nest and regurgitate it to feed the larvae in the colony.
All crawling insects walk across your foundation at one time or another and that is why treating this area is important to the control of pavement ants. Any foraging ants walk across our barrier treatment and bring the treatment back to the main colony.