Ants-Uninvited Guests from the Pavement

Having guests at home is a delightful experience but when the doorbell does not ring and some uninvited creatures pay a very unfriendly visit to your house, it will be an annoying experience for the hosts. Yes, I am talking about the Pavement ants. Pavement Ants (Tetramorium caespitum), as mentioned in their name, make their homes in pavements. Key features include their 2.5-4 mm size, blackish brown color and antennae which are pale colored. In contrast with other ants, Pavement ants have one pair of spines on the back, two nodes on the petiole and grooves on the head and thorax. The ants were likely carried to the United States in the holds of the merchant vessels during the 1700s to 1800s. Today, this species is one of the most commonly encountered house-infesting ants in Pennsylvania. From New England to Midwest, and south through the Mid-Atlantic States to Tennessee, California and Washington are loaded with Pavement Ants.

These tiny yet horrifying creatures live under the stones, along curbs and in cracks of pavement. Foraging for food, they can come and live inside the buildings; in walls and under floors. Pavement ants form large colonies, often containing over 10,000 workers. As with most ants, they are distinct castes: one or a few reproductive queens and a large number of non-reproductive female workers.

If you see pavement ants in the house best thing to do is to contact pest control comapny to get rid of pavement ants. HMG Pest Control uses special ant spray to kill ants. But these ant sprays are not harmful to humans.

The Pavement ant is a soil-nesting species feeding on insects, meat, greasy food, seeds and honeydew. During the spring season, they are highly aggressive against other ants, and conquer and often attack nearby enemy colonies, creating an ant battle, leaving hundreds of dead ants on the battlefield. So, by the analysis of their behavior, a question arrives here that whether Pavement ants bite? Or is their bite a danger to humans?

And the answer to this question is: Yes, Pavement ants have a stinger, but they do not usually sting or bite, it only happens when they are defending themselves. Pavement ant’s stings are not as potent as the deadly Fire ants, which are notorious for biting to grip and then spraying acid on the wound, which does not sound very disciplined like we see these ants daily.

Pavement ants are a type of insects that may spread diseases. This often stems from the fact that these ants commonly feed on the same foods that humans consume, on surfaces that are considered to be soiled, the organic-based materials that are found in drainage pipes, and other environments that are laden with unsafe pathogens. According to studies, Pavement ants have the ability to contaminate foods. This contamination may occur at an outdoor picnic or a backyard barbeque; however, if these ants invade your home, the contamination may occur in your own kitchen.

So if you see a colony of ants moving into your kitchen, it’s not your food which is in danger, instead the real danger is to your health. And it is better to get rid of these Pavement ants before they spoil your food and cause damage to your stomach, or if you doubt that there is a nest nearby, it is not difficult at all to locate it, why? Because here comes the important role of HMG Pest control, which will help you to get rid of hundreds or may be thousands of Pavement ants, which are anxiously planning to invade your house and live happily ever after.

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