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Pavement Ants

Pavement Ants carrying a leaf
Size:1.5 mm – 3 mm
Colour:Brown or Black
Shape:The body is divided into 3 distinct pieces with grooves on the thorax and head, and spines on the thorax only.

Pavement Ant Treatment

What Does Bugman Do?

Our technicians will treat the exterior of your house while searching for and treating any mounds the ants have made. On the interior, we will treat the main level of the home, as well as any other areas you are noticing ants.

Will Pavement Ants Cause Damage?

Pavement ants do not pose a threat to the structure of your property because they do not nest in or chew through damaged wood, unlike Carpenter Ants. The primary concern with pavement ants is the contamination of human and pet foods because they can spread germs and diseases as they travel.

Why Choose Bugman?

We have 30 years of experience in keeping pavement ants out of your home, and we offer affordable rates with a 6-month warranty.

What is Bugman’s Warranty?

We include a 6-month warranty with our pavement ant treatment, which covers any follow-ups needed to make sure your house is ant-free.

Where Does Bugman Service?

We offer pavement ant treatment across the Fraser Valley, with our main areas of service being Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley & Maple Ridge

Don’t wait for the pavement ants to invade your house, if you see them outside, give Bugman a call at 604-854-2847, and we’ll help to prevent them from taking over your home.

More Information on Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are often considered a nuisance because their colonies can exceed 10,000 workers, and when they invade your home, they usually bring their whole family. Sidewalks, walkways, and patios make ideal environments for them, so even if you aren’t seeing them, they are likely there hiding beneath the pavement.

Spraying the interior of your home before the pavement ants make their way inside is highly recommended. Once they are inside, it is a much more difficult problem to solve.

Pavement Ant Life Cycle

Nuptial FlightThe nuptial flight is the mating process pavement ants engage in during late spring and early summer. At this time, winged males mate with winged females, while flying. Once the mated female ant finds a suitable spot, she will land, discard her wings, and begin building a new colony.
EggsQueen pavement ants burrow into the soil after mating to lay their first set of eggs, and after the colony has been established, the queen can lay up to 45 eggs per day.
Larvae & PupaeWhen eggs hatch they are legless larvae that are kept in the colony and fed insect & fruit pulp until they pupate. When the ants pupate, they form a casing around themselves which they remain inside of until they are fully grown.
AdultsOnce pavement ants mature, they take on their respective role in the colony.

Roles in a Pavement Ant Colony

QueenThe queen’s initial role is to tend to the eggs and provide nutrients to ensure their success. Once the first batch of eggs is grown and capable of tending to future ant eggs, the queen shifts her focus to laying eggs so she can expand the colony. This remains her role for the remainder of her 10-15 year life.
Sterile WorkerSterile worker ants tend to the eggs and larvae and rarely leave the nest. Their primary role is to clean eggs and feed larvae, but they are also tasked with taking care of the queen.
SoldiersSoldier ants defend and protect the colony, while also foraging for food. Usually, the biggest ants go the farthest away from the nest and leave behind a pheromone that helps communicate to other ants which route to take.
Winged ReproductiveThe role of a winged reproductive ant is solely to extend the life of the colony. The winged ants emerge when it’s time for them to breed, at which time they will leave the original colony on a nuptial flight. Once the mated ants find a suitable spot, they will land, discard their wings, and begin building a new colony.

Signs of a Pavement Ant Infestation

  • Seeing ants around food sources, such as in kitchens or on patios.
  • Seeing trails of ants searching for food.
  • Small mounds of dirt near your home – usually found on your driveway or walkway
  • Small mounds of dirt in your house – usually found in or near the kitchen or bathroom.

Do Pavement Ants Bite?

Pavement ants have the ability to sting, but they do not bite. However, these ants are more of a nuisance than a threat and prefer not to use their stingers unless they have to.

How Did I Get Pavement Ants

Pavement ants often nest beneath concrete, such as driveways and building foundations, or alongside garages and houses, which makes them a difficult pest to keep out of your house.

Most of the time, pavement ants will enter your house for one of two reasons:

  1. They are searching for food and successfully found it in your house. When this happens, pavement ants often bring their whole family inside for dinner.
  2. They are searching for shelter and found a way to access your home through a small opening in the basement walls, concrete floors, or around windows and doors.

Regardless of how or why they got in, give Bugman a call at 604-854-2847 and we’ll get them out.