Pavement ants also known as (slab ants, sweet ants or sugar ants) are the same ants that build their nests beneath concrete. Those mounds of sand that you see at the edges of sidewalks or in the joints are evidence of their nest building activities.
Like all ants, pavement ants are cold blooded. Simply stated, their body temperatures match the ambient temperature within their nesting site(s). If the temperature is 20 degrees their body temperature is also 20 degrees.
At this time of the year (late fall/early winter) the ants seek warmer areas to over winter. Two very common locations ants can be found nesting is beneath the concrete slabs under our family rooms or next to our basement foundations. These areas never freeze and it is an ideal location for the ants to spend the colder months.
Being cold blooded, as their body temperatures rise, so does their need for water (and food). During the winter months, our furnaces are running more often. This in turn heats the concrete as well as our foundations. This heat is radiated into the surrounding sand, which in turn warms the ants body temperatures.
The result is, the ants begin foraging for food and water in our living quarters.
Resolving the problem often involves a multi-pronged approach. Using target specific products, we are able to not only rid your home of the ants in the short term, but equally important, we are able to provide long term solutions.
As with all of our treatment programs, our first and foremost concern is the safety of you, your family and pets.
For additional information and to speak with one of our State Certified technicians, give us a call at (586) 731-2120.