The summer is in full effect and with it comes the presence of many pests. There are pests that stay all year long while others show up in the warm weather. You also may come in contact with pests because you are spending more time outdoors. One of the pests that start to become a problem in the summer are ants. Ants are a pest that have their own unique style of infesting an area. The reason is that they are living in large colonies that may reach in the thousands. They work as a team and invade a space as a team. They also need to be treated with very specific types of treatments to control them. One area that you may start to see them is in the paving stones that are used outdoors. Some people use them as a driveway while others use them as a walkway. These make a perfect highway for ants to travel from their home to a food source. The problem is that they can make a mess in the process by moving the dirt under and in-between.
Stewart Termite & Pest Control Outlines What You Can Do About Ants Crawling Between Your Paving Stones
How to Get Rid of Ants in Driveway & Sidewalk Cracks: Concerning pest control, prevention is always better than control. You can prevent ants from crossing into your driveway and sidewalks to begin with by sprinkling a solid trail of salt or drawing a thick line of chalk. Some people also swear by sprinkling used coffee grounds. The biggest problem with these methods is that they can easily get washed away during the next rainfall.
Leave the Paver Stones Down: It may seem that those thousands of ants are everywhere and the only way to get to them is to remove the paver stones. Ants are often under the stones and not just running down the sides of them. But you don’t have to move the stones off the ground because it is treatable from in between. A lot of paver stones are interlocking and when you start to move the stones you may not get them back the way you had them before. The other thing is that you can see where the ants are starting their home by the mound of dirt that is at the starting point. This gives you an idea on where to start your treatment.
Do it yourself home remedies are rarely effective because they tend to just kill the ants you can see. These are worker ants which will quickly be replaced by more worker ants to forage food for the queen and colony. To get rid of ants, you have to kill the queen and the whole colony at the source which is their nest. Different species of ants also require different treatment methods. It’s best to call a professional pest control company to come out and treat for ants and other pests as well. Stewart Termite & Pest Control offers services to treat for ants and other pests in and around your home.