Posts Tagged ‘Asphault Institute’

How to Rid Yourself of Pavement Ants in Your Driveway

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Pavement ants, also known as house ants or sugar ants, can be quite a nuisance. They set up camp in your yard or inside the cracks in your pavement and eventually work their way into your home. The best thing to do when you find pavement ants is to rid yourself of the infestation as soon as possible.

But how can you do that? You are no exterminator and you don’t want to have to run to the hardware store to buy ant spray, right? Well, you can use one household item to help assist you in your quest for an ant free existence – salt.

That’s right, all you need is everyday salt. This article from explains several solutions to rid yourself of those pesky pavement ants using nothing but common table salt.

1.   Sprinkle ordinary table salt on cracks in the driveway, along the sides and where the ants are present. Make sure the driveway and surrounding areas are dry before applying salt for the best effectiveness.

2.   Repeat weekly until the ants are gone. After consuming the salt, the ants will drink water or other moisture until they essentially explode. Be aware that the salt will also kill any weeds or plants present, so use caution.

3.   Draw a line with salt at the end of the driveway on the pavement to prevent the ants from crossing over into the lawn or home.

4.   If table salt is not effective, purchase a sweet ant bait trap that contains boric acid salt. (Boric acid is a hydroponic salt.) The ants are attracted to the sugar in the bait, consume the boric acid salt with the sugar, and then take the poison back to their home, where it spreads to the other ants.

5.   Place the ant baits along the sides and ends of the driveway. Use caution when using ant baits because boric acid can be toxic to pets and humans as well as insects.

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Info about the Asphalt Institute

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Practically every industry or business segment in this nation is represented by a local, regional, or national trade group.  Ours is no exception.  PTG Enterprises, Inc. — — belongs to the Asphalt Institute (AI), a trade association founded in 1919.  Our membership in AI with petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers, and affiliated businesses, helps us keep current on the engineering, research, and educational aspects of liquid asphalt use.  In fact, AI’s members represent 90 percent of the liquid asphalt produced in North America.

This would simply be interesting information of questionable relevance for the average client were it not for the fact that our membership in AI yields specific benefits to the clients of  Foremost among these benefits are the technical support and environmental oversight that AI offers to its members.  Through various committees and partnerships, the Asphalt Institute serves its members as a center of excellence for health, safety, and environmental matters — topics that, like us, our clients care about.  AI promotes petroleum asphalt as a safe and environmentally friendly construction material for highways, streets, and roofing systems through a program of scientific research and technological developments.  AI’s network of regional engineers throughout the U.S. and Canada provides technical support to member companies and users, and so we can tap fast and accurate information if we have questions about a particular project.

A thoroughly professional organization such as ours is happy to be affiliated with a trade group with the size and scope of AI, and we hope our clients understand how beneficial such an affiliation is when they entrust their projects to us.