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how do you prevent this?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DeereHauler, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    i have a customer who is a little skeptical about installing a paver patio because of ants getting under them and causing problems. i'm never really encountered this question before so i was a little stumped on what to tell her.

    besides her needing to address her "ant problem" within her property, what do i tell her, or do to esure i won't have ant problems under her patio? i think it all comes back to lawn and property insect treatments.

    any suggestions?
  2. Captains Landscape

    Captains Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    If you construct the patio correctly, there is no environment for ants to inhabit.
  3. ma5tr

    ma5tr LawnSite Member
    from toronto
    Messages: 103

    use polymeric sand....polymeric prevents ants from creating ant hills as well as digging beneath the paving stones because the polymeric basically turns to a concrete when set, not allowing ants to pick up grains.
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,021

    She can call the exterminator. what makes her think she is going to get them.:waving:
  5. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    thanks for the great answers, this will give me good feedback to take back to the homeowner.
  6. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,066

    Mix some pesticide in your bedding sand, or apply it on top before you lay your pavers. Even moth flakes work, it you can stand the smell while you work.
  7. Majesticman

    Majesticman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I put a product called Terro ant bait on the sand before laying the paver's. It is cheap. Were there is sand there will be ants. At least around here.
  8. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Don't mix pesticide in the bedding sand. It will only last a couple of months and you will be exposing yourself unnecessarily while screeding and laying the pavers. Go with the polymer sand and advise the customer not to leave any food spills on the pavers.
  9. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,094

    Or tell the lady to stay inside
  10. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    One more reason we use 1/4" gravel as our bedding material whenever possible and poly sand

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