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Pavement Ants

Active Seasons

Appearance and Size Facts

  • Pavements ants are light brown to black in color
  • Pale legs and antennae
  • Size: 1/8 inch long
  • Colonies are fairly small in size
  • Commonly found outdoors in soil, under stones, and in pavement cracks

Behavior and Habitat

Pavement ants are opportunistic feeders that will ""swarm"" on foods within their foraging range. Outdoors, this ant feeds on insects, honeydew, seeds, and plant sap. Once inside your home, they will feed on meats, nuts, cheese, honey, bread crumbs, meats, and grease. Pavement ant colonies are fairly small and contain several queens. Outdoors, these ants nest in soil, under stones, by slabs next to buildings, and in pavement cracks. Once inside your home, they will occasionally nest in walls, insulation, and under floors. Colonies will move near a heat source in winter, and will often follow pipes through slabs to access buildings.

Signs of Infestation

Look for worker pavement ants and small piles of excavated materials or even the swarmers.

Tips for Prevention

Keep food items secured and pet food off of the floors. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed 2 foot from the home. Caulk any visible cracks around windows and doors.

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