This is exactly what it looks like. Pavement Ants are those masses of black crawlers creeping around your patio, brick driveway, tile floor and often are the culprit behind the theft of your cat or dog food in the kitchen.Pavement Ants are generally smaller than the Carpenter Ant. However dependent on the maturity of the population Pavement Ants can be mistaken for Carpenter Ants. Typically Pavement Ants are easily eliminated as they appear. However long term control requires professional care and can be achieved through the use of baits and liquid applications.
Carpenter Ants are a big and nasty pest that can over a number of years cause damage to your home or business. Signs of Carpenter Ant intruders can be found. Looking for dead specimen (large black ant) around window sills, under sinks, around dishwashers and in some cases in cupboards and drawers. Carpenter Ants are attracted to damaged, or untreated woods and in many cases the best starting point for inspection is actually at the exterior of the home. If the nest can be located. Removal is the most effective solution.
Clover Mites (picture), Brick Mites and Spider Mites are just a few of the concerning specimen which tend to infest on a large scale in the early spring and late fall. Mites tend to be very small. However, Brick Mites can grow to 1/8 inch in size and are very visible. Typically applications around the perimeter of a building and locating any gravel, new foliage, cracks in window grouts and green fungus growing between patio or sidewalk stones should be treated as well. Given that these areas provide food, water, and harborage the most effective approach is to eliminate them. Once this is achieved a steady decline will occur and in most cases a solid application in the spring will provide ample results later on in the fall.
Creepy, crawly and fast. Centipedes and Milipedes much like Spiders represent natural pest control as these intruders are in fact predatory. Eating pest intruders the positive impact provided by these intruders on our environment is impossible to calculate. However, many people would rather not deal with this intruder. Good or bad. with most of their protective layer focused on the top of their body, treating with a minor liquid application typically provides very effective results. However, given that this is not an infesting pest, control measures are only as effective as the pesticides lifespan. In all cases once the pesticide is exhausted, more intruders will make entry to your home or business. Quarterly treatments will provide continual control.