Tips for Pesky Paver Ants
Ants, as a species, tend to be very advantageous critters, as they will hole up anywhere where they think they will have a good chance of finding an easy meal. This can mean right under a tree, on top of a pile or brush, or even in the cracks right in-between your pavers. The latter tends to be a problem for most homeowners, not only aesthetically, but also in terms of removal as the ants will infiltrate every nook and cranny. In spite of this, we’ve prepared a few tips for you on paver-ant removal that are easy, quick, and oh-so efficient.
Lay on the Caffeine
The first thing you can try is to lay down coffee grounds on your pavers, both right on the ant hill and around it. Coffee has the ability to disrupt the senses in the worker ants, making them less efficient at collecting food for the colony. Reapply every few days until the entire colony has died out and then simply sweep away the remains.
Find your Scent
Alternatively, you can also lay down bay leaves and cloves around the colony, as both are extremely unappealing to ants. In a few short days of being exposed to those scents, the ants will just get up and leave, abdicating their hill and leaving you ant-free.
Boil it Down
It may seem a little medieval, but actually, a few buckets of boiling water will do the trick. Just pour it right on the problem spot and that should take care of it.
Once They’re Gone, Time to Prevent them from Coming Back!
Once you have removed the entire colony from your pavers, your next step should be to prevent another one from coming and replacing it. Filling in the cracks between your pavers with sand every so-often is an easy way to keep the ants out. Also, by laying down cinnamon or salt around your pavers you can create a pest-defense line that ants won’t dare to cross. However, this will require regular upkeep as every rainstorm will wash away whatever you put down.
At this point, it’s also worthwhile to do a quick inspection on your home, to make sure that the ants won’t come inside should they return to your pavers. Check the weather stripping around your home and the foundation for cracks as ants will squeeze themselves past both and fix whatever you see.
With a pragmatic approach and the foresight for prevention, you can take on any paver ant-infestation that Mother Nature throws your way. Although, if you think you need the cavalry, we are only a phone call away and more than willing to help—just say the word and we’ll be right there to free your pavers from the pesky ants.