In honor of the start to spring, we wanted to play a game of trivia with one of our popular pest invaders...pavement ants. You may be quite familiar with ants in general but we wanted to test your knowledge and see how much you know about this particular species of ant found in kitchens throughout the Midwest including Minneapolis, MN; Lincoln and Omaha, NE; and the Quad City region. So here goes, one point for each correct answer!
- What color are pavement ants? Hint: There are 2 common colors
- Where do pavement ants form their colonies?
- Are pavement ants a nuisance pest or a dangerous pest?
- True or false - Spraying ants with household cleaners is a good way to get rid of them?
- What is their favorite food source from our kitchens?
- Pavement ants are usually brown or black in color.
- They form colonies underground and usually in the pavement.
- Pavement ants are considered a nuisance pest because they do not spread disease to humans nor do they cause damage to wood structures like other species. They can however contaminate food.
- False. Spraying household cleaners may kill the ants you see but it will cause the others to seek alternate routes to find food inside of the home. This creates a more difficult task of locating and killing the entire ant colony.
- Ok, sort of a trick question. Ants will eat just about anything but some good answers would be melons, honey, bread, seeds, nuts and cheese.