These tiny black ants can be super annoying. If you're finding them all over your driveway, crawling around inside your garage, or getting into your home, you'll find some helpful tips here. Let's look at what attracts pavement ants to your Monmouth County property, what you can do to deter them, and how to get rid of pavement ants permanently.

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What Attracts Pavement Ants?

Pavement ants in Monmouth County come into yards, looking for food and water. If you know what food these ants prefer, you can use this knowledge to deter pavement ants and reduce activity on your property. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pavement ants eat sweets. There are many sweet food sources in your yard. Address flowering weed problems in your lawn and landscaping to remove nectar as a food source. Address aphid problems in your landscaping to remove honeydew. Remove hummingbird feeders or move them well away from your exterior.

  • Pavement ants eat seeds. It is a good idea to remove bird feeders that have seeds. Some pavement ant colonies will target these feeders or gather seeds from the ground.

  • Pavement ants eat meat. Some pavement ant species have a preference for eating insects both dead and alive. Replace exterior lights that cast white light with lights that cast yellow light. Insects are drawn to white light.

  • Pavement ants can find sweets and meats in your garbage. Clean and deodorize your trash receptacles to remove the scents that can attract pavement ants.

  • Pavement ants need to drink water. Address conditions that cause puddles to form, such as clogged gutters and dense landscape vegetation. Remove objects that collect rainwater.

These tips will not eliminate pavement ants, but they can go a long way toward deterring ant activity on your property. If you want to get rid of pavement ants, you'll need to use ant control products and methods.

How Do I Get Rid Of Pavement Ants On My Property?

When pavement ants become a problem, some Monmouth County residents turn to natural solutions offered on the internet. Can you kill pavement ants naturally? Yes. But we don't recommend it. There are many things you can spray on these ants to kill them. Unfortunately, sprays do not address the source of the problem; they only address the symptom.

If you want to get rid of pavement ants naturally, the best solution is to use bait, but this is also tricky due to the fact that pavement ants have such a diverse diet, and different species have different preferences. There isn't one bait or one solution for pavement ant pest control in Monmouth County. The secret to ant control isn't a product, it is a process. A licensed professional draws upon training offered by industry experts and entomologists to select an appropriate bait, evaluate the success of the bait, and prevent unwanted results such as bait aversion.

One of the most important pavement ants facts every resident should know is that these ants can learn to avoid bait. They are constantly learning about their environment and will avoid food sources that are dangerous. If you train the ants on your property to avoid ant control baits, they can become even more difficult to control. When you contact a professional before taking any action yourself, you can limit the difficulties associated with ant control.

How To Get Rid Of Pavement Ants Permanently

If you have pavement ants in your house, all of this talk of dealing with them in your yard may seem unimportant, but what you might not know is that getting control of pavement ants in your yard is the key to getting rid of pavement ants in your home. While these ants can create a nest in your home, they don't generally thrive indoors. It is a lot of work for these ants to bring soil into your home and make the conditions necessary for nest creation.

Yard and perimeter pest control stops these ants from getting inside and can arrest indoor ant infestations. If more control is needed, a licensed professional can perform an interior ant treatment to address the problem. Either way, the best solution for ongoing and permanent pavement ant control is to get ongoing, year-round pest control for your home. We can help you with this.

At Alliance Pest Services, we offer residential pest control plans that provide coverage for pavement ants and a long list of other common pests in Monmouth County. You don't have to put up with pests in your home, and your backyard will be a lot nicer without all the pests that make outdoor recreation miserable, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and flies. Reach out to us today to learn more, or get started with pest control service for your home and say goodbye to pavement ant problems. 

 

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