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pavement ants


Pavement ants are common around homes and commercial facilities constructed on concrete slabs. Pavement ants are frequently found foraging along walkways, patios and porch stoops, especially where cracks or expansion joints exist. They feed on a variety of items such as dead insects, food spillage and even discarded cigarette butts. Many times, pavement ants can be found carrying bits of food through cracks to their subterranean nests.

Biology and Behavior

pavement ants

  • This is a small, black, shiny ant that is between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch long.

  • Colonies are smaller than similar ant species but can ants can number into the thousands.

  • Workers, when viewed with a hand lens, have small grooves on their heads.

  • Their heads are large and usually wider than their bodies.

  • Workers are capable of biting and stinging but don’t usually bite or sting.

  • Their nests are beneath concrete slabs, pavement and occasionally in hollow block voids.

  • They can nest under landscaping stones, stepping stones, walkways and patios.

  • Workers can forage great distances to a food source.

  • They will feed on almost anything and are considered omnivorous.

Pavement Ant Prevention Tips

  • Remove food and moisture sources (i.e., leaky faucets and hoses, pet bowls).

  • Remove garbage daily and store refuse-holding containers outdoors.

  • Fill concrete slab and foundation cracks with an epoxy sealant.

  • Treat plant-feeding insects with an approved insecticide.

  • Fill window and door frame gaps and utility openings with an appropriate sealant.

  • Wash ant trails with a mild detergent to eliminate pheromone cues that may attract other ants.

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