Case Studies

Pests We Treat Case Studies: Ant Removal in Brick, NJ

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 by Paul Witkowski

Challenge

Recently, I went on a service call for one of our Home Protection Plan clients in Brick, NJ, who was having an issue with ants. As I began inspecting the exterior of his property, I came across a trail of ants along the fence line. I identified these ants as pavement ants, one of the most common home-infesting ants. Pavement ants are small ants, only about 1/8 of an inch long, and are usually dark brown to black. Why are they called pavement ants? Because they often nest under sidewalks, driveways, and concrete slabs! Pavement ants are non-aggressive and will only sting if they feel threatened. 

Now that I know the type of ants invading the homeowner's property, I need to find where their colony is. To accomplish this, I followed their ant trail. When ants forage, they leave a pheromone trail for them to follow back to the colony. Once an ant finds food, it lays down an even stronger pheromone trail, and other ants start following it. Following their trail, I located their colony near a crack in the pavement in the driveway.

Solution

For treatment, I applied a non-repellent liquid application along the driveway, the fence line, and along the base of the exterior property. This non-repellent application is undetectable to the ants, so when they come in contact with it, they return to the colony and share it with other ants, including the reproductive queen. As an added measure, I applied a liquid gel bait in the corners of the fence line. The application and the gel bait works quickly, and soon, the ant population is completely gone.