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How To Avoid Ant Holes In DrivewayBy admin
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
A perfectly finished driveway is one of the best assets your home can have, both in a practical sense-and in an aesthetic sense as well. A high-quality driveway will last you for years, but only if you stay in control of the forces that seem determined to destroy the stunning surfaces of your drive.
One of these forces is the common neighbourhood ant.
Ants are a true nightmare, no matter where you find them. From invading your home in the search for sugary treats, to marching across your driveway like an emboldened battalion, just because they can, these are not critters that you want around.
The ant population of the UK is pretty high, there’s even a special day each year dedicated (more or less) to one species of the ant – Flying Ant Day. Instead of a card to celebrate the occasion, we thought we would help you out with the best method for how to avoid ant holes in driveway surfaces – a gift that will keep on giving!
While ants pose a relatively minimal threat in the garden, when they’re on your drive they’re both annoying and potentially damaging to the structure of your driveway
Pavement Ants: What You Need to Know About These Pesky Critters
Ant life is fairly interesting, from the way that they divide up their labour, to the way that they form enormous colonies of up to 15,000 ants. Each colony is made up of a Queen ant and worker ants, with male ants hatching each summer to eventually re-populate the colony – they’re certainly an intriguing species of insect.
However, the interesting life of the ant is best reserved for somewhere other than your driveway!
There are around 22,000 species of ant in the world, although you’re only going to find a small percentage of these wandering around your driveway.
Some of the most common ant species that you’ll see in the UK, include:
• Formica Rufa
• Lasius Flavus
• Lasius Niger (these are the ants that you’re most likely to see in your garden)
While ants pose a relatively minimal threat in the garden, when they’re on your drive they’re both annoying and potentially damaging to the structure of your driveway.
All that aerated, dry soil is the perfect spot for an ant colony to make a home; at the detriment to your driveway of course!
Why Are Ants Attracted to Driveways?
A driveway doesn’t exactly sound like the most appealing homestead for the humble ant, but it’s actually quite well-suited to ant life.
It’s the soil under the driveway that is the most appealing to these crafty critters. All that aerated, dry soil is the perfect spot for an ant colony to take up residence; at the detriment to your driveway of course!
The biggest problem here lies in how the ants are getting to the soil underneath. If there are any cracks in your driveway, then the ants are going to discover all that perfect soil waiting underneath.
Sadly, when it comes to one of the most common driveway materials, concrete, cracking is a problem that it’s near impossible to prevent. The lack of solid surface in gravel driveways, and the large gaps that can form in brick driveways, also pose a problem when it comes to ant control.
While concrete is a crack risk, it doesn’t always have to be. Concrete as a subbase to a high-quality surface, like resin, is the ideal solution to rid your driveway of ants
How Can You Get Rid of the Ant Holes In Driveway Permanently?
The permanent solution to avoiding driveway ant holes is to make sure that those ants stand absolutely no chance of getting into your driveway. This requires a strong surface that is not prone to cracking…
While concrete is a crack risk, it doesn’t always have to be. Concrete as a subbase to a high-quality surface, like resin, is the ideal solution to rid your driveway of ants.
A resin bound surface is applied onto a concrete subbase, which provides a strong, stable, and long-lasting top surface layer.
Resin is a beautiful driveway material that doesn’t crack, isn’t prone to water pooling, and gives you no trouble with pesky weeds.
There are a range of surface styles to choose from, with the extensive selection of suitable aggregates easily complimenting traditional and modern homes alike.
With this strong and durable surface in place, you’ll never have to deal with ant holes in your driveway ever again!
Get Rid of An Army of Ants Once and for All…
At Home Logic, we specialise in home improvements that are designed to solve multiple problems affecting the environment in your home and on your property – ants included! From solutions for better driveways, to solutions for warmer and more energy efficient homes, if you’re tired of making do and want to regain control of your home, then our team are always on hand to help!
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