Pavement Ant Control in Vancouver


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Pavement Ant Control In Vancouver

Ants can be a nightmare on paths around your home and in your yard. We can help you deal with all ant issues at your residence.

Pavement ants  or sugar ants, as some people call them, are small ants that'll come crawling on your kitchen counters and around door and window frames in your house, your apartment.

Those are really more of a nuisance than anything else but people still don't like having them around.

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Got Pavement Ants all around your home and yard? We share some top tips to get rid of these pesky buggers!

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How To Identify Pavement Ants

Not sure which type ants you have? How can you tell the different between pavement ants, carpenter ants, fire ants, red ants and flying winged ants? Let’s take a closer look at the pavement ant species so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

How Do You Identify Pavement Ants

Pavement ant workers are dark brown in colour and measure 2.5 – 4 mm in length and have parallel furrows or lines on the head and thorax..

A pest that is native to Europe, and also lives as an introduced pest in North America, the pavement ant is one of the most commonly seen ants in North America, being well adapted to urban and suburban habitats

As noted in the picture to the right, the winged reproductives are several times larger than the worker ants. Swarming pavement ant reproductives are often mistaken for the more destructive carpenter ant. On the west coast, pavement ant swarms (very noticeable surgence of winged reproductives) generally occur between the beginning of June and mid-July.

Unlike carpenter ants that can cause significant structural damage to your home with their wood-chewing ways — pavement ants are more of a nuisance with their habit of excavating sand and dislodging patio stones.

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Winged Pavement Ant reproductives and pavement ant workers

Pavement ants quite amazing!  A utopic species...probably the most selfless insect or animal on the planet.

Diet and Behaviour

Pavement ants will eat almost anything, including insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts, ice cream, cheese. or any sugary substance. Pavement ants love sugar!

It’s also common for dead insects and small seeds to be collected and stored in the nest, with any sorts of food scraps that falls to the floor also consumed

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Pavement ants swarming on a sugar treat


  • As their name suggests, pavement ants usually make their homes under sidewalks, driveways, building slabs, and large rocks. In early spring, colonies attempt to conquer new areas and often attack nearby enemy colonies. These result in huge sidewalk battles – very cool to watch if you are 5 or 75 years old!

  • During the summer time the pavement ants dig out the sand or soil below the pavement to vent the nests and to make room to lay eggs.

  • Winged reproductive ants typically swarm in the spring but have been known to emerge any time of the year in heated structures. After emergence, the ants mate and the queens burrow into the soil to establish new nests and begin laying more eggs.

Pavement Ant Profile

Pavement Ant Carpenter Ant - Modoc          Carpenter Ant - Vicinus      Pharaoh Ants     
Colour  brown or black black reddish-brown and black

light yellow/red (translucent)

Length 2.5mm-4mm 6mm-12mm 6mm-12mm

2mm long





various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

live solely indoors
Nest(s) Multiple Parent nests .

+ Satellite colonies

One Parent nest

+ Satellite colonies

Multiple Parent nests

+ Satellite colonies

appear to be "invisible"

when standing over them

Queen(s) Multiple Queens One Queen Multiple Queens

Multiple- when threatened, they
will go into reproductive overdrive
and produce more queens

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CBC News

Mike Londry of Westside Pest Control speaks to the CBC about keeping pavement ants out of your home:

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Mike speaks to CBC’s Rick Cluff about Pavement ants in your home at 2:41.00 of the podcast.

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Westside Pest Control In The News

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CBC News

Mike Londry of Westside Pest Control speaks to the CBC about keeping pavement ants out of your home:

Read Article

CBC Podcast

Mike speaks to CBC’s Rick Cluff about Pavement ants in your home at 2:41.00 of the podcast.

Listen Now

How To Get Rid Of Pavement Ants


In the summer the ant scouts enter your Vancouver home looking for crumbs, spills, oil and grease, and any accessible items left on kitchen floor. Behind them, they leave an invisible trail that will be followed by an army of their ant friends and relatives.

To help you fight of those pavement ants this summer, our technicians share their best tips for managing these pesky buggers and keeping your paths ant-free!

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Pavement Ants swarming some honey

  • 1. Don't Freak Out

      • Soap and water is your best early defence. Locate where the ants are entering your home and spray the area with a mix of dish soap and water.
      • Don’t give into temptation and stomp them with your shoe.
  • 2. Get Spicy

      • Ants hate cinnamon. Pull a jar down from your spice rack and sprinkle it around the entrances to your home. You don’t need a wall of it but just spread it liberally around the corners of the door. You want to do it right away when you first see ants, because once they are established and they understand the kitchen counter is where the food is at, cinnamon is not going to stop them.
  • 3. Commercial Products

      • A good solution for small ant invasions is to try liquid ant bait which is sold at hardware stores.
      • Look for anything with borate. You don’t have to worry about the corrosive nature of the borate as domestic products available have 0.025 concentration of borate which is perfect for households. Anything higher than that concentration and you are going to get instant relief and kill any ant that comes in contact with it, and that’s not what you want. With the lower concentration, the ants will take some back to the nest for other ants to consume.
      • Extra Tip: Ants have two stomachs, one for consuming food and one for storing food so they can later share with their nest.
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  • 4. Early Prevention

      • If you see one or two ants in winter or early spring we suggests leaving out an even more diluted mix of borate-based ant bait as these early foragers will be very weak and even more susceptible to insect control products.
      • Mix the domestic product with a sweet substance like apple juice and put it out in an upside-down bottle cap. They’ve gone all winter with no food so even the low-concentrated domestic products will be too strong and kill them. You want them to take the bait back to the nest
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See Carpenter Ants? Call The Pros

Those little ants coming in from outside to scavenge for food are likely harmless pavement ants.  Carpenter ants, which measure 6-12 mm long, are a bigger problem. Call us now at 604-559-9060 or contact Westside Pest Control by email.
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There are several do-it-yourself methods to battle Pavement Ants. Our owner Mike Londry shares some tips to help remove them:

How to Treat Your House For Ants

One of the best and oldest tricks for getting rid of ants requires nothing more than boiling water! When pavement ants begin to form sand piles in the yard, on the sidewalk or patio, boiling water is a great way to slow them down!

Boiling water

    • Boil one gallon of water and then pour it directly into the mounds. Repeat the procedure one time a day until all the pests are exterminated.
    • Pavement ant colonies can number 100,000 so although boiling water will slow them down, you will be winning only the battle, not the war.

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Make your own pavement ant traps and place them wherever the pests are frequent. Be sure to remove other food sources. Here are several products that can be used as bait:

    • A 50/50 solution of sugar mixed with Borax. The insects are attracted by sweet things, and Borax is known to be fatal for them.
    • Corn meal. These unwanted visitors are unable to digest it properly, and will eventually die.
    • Raw cream of wheat (or farina). When they eat it, the product will expand in their stomachs and kill them.

Pick Up Some Liquid Bait

  • At your local hardware store purchase a borax solution or an insecticide with Boran in the ingredient list

  • Liquid bait is best for killing ants

  • Don't put down liquid bait and then spray insecticide as well —that just stops the ants from eating the bait!

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If you think you are up for the challenge check out DoYourOwnPestControl. Be warned though, effective long term treatment for pavement ants is hard to do without the proper knowledge and equipment of a Pest Control company. Call us today for a free quote.


Need some tips and tricks for getting rid of pavement ants?

Read our Vancouver Sun feature where Westside Pest Control’s Mike Londry
shares tips and tricks for removing Pavement Ants

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