Did you know????? That slab ants can forage in trails for distances of up to 30 feet!
Slab ants (AKA Pavement ants) get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement, driveway, sidewalks or your slab. Slab ant colonies are moderately large, and can average around 4,000 workers with several queens.
Slab ants will eat pretty much anything available to them. This includes other insects, seeds, vegetables, honey, bread, meats, nuts, and even cheese. Inside buildings, nest are most likely found in the ground-level masonry walls of foundations, insulation and under floors. During the cold months of winter the can be located near heat sources. Slab ants enter your home through cracks in the slab and walls, as well as natural openings.
Slab ants do not cause any public health risks, but can contaminate food and should be avoided.
- Keep kitchens and other dining areas clean and free of crumbs and spills.
- Eliminate standing water. Moisture attracts pests.
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometime pavement ants use those branches to get into your home.
- Seal any cracks or openings around the exterior of your house, especially where utility pipes and lines enter.
- Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stores next to your home.
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