Pavement Ants

What do pavement ants look like?

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Adult pavement ants are brown to black in color and have slightly paler legs and antennae.  The workers grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length; the queens in the colony grow slightly larger averaging up to 3/8th of an inch.  They have a two-segmented waist, an uneven appearing profile, and their head and thorax have grooved parallel lines.

Pavement ant behaviors

Pavement ants get their name from their preference to nest underneath pavement, sidewalks, foundations, and masonry walls.  If pavement ants find their way inside a home while foraging for food, they will nest behind walls, in insulation, and underneath floors.

Pavement ants will forage for food in trails, traveling approximately 30 feet from their nesting areas to search for food.  Pavement ants feed on honeydew, plant sap, seeds, bread, meats, nuts, and cheese.  They will enter homes through small cracks in the foundation, spaces around utility wires and pipes, and through heating and air-conditioning ducts.

Are pavement ants dangerous?

Pavement ants are not dangerous.  Pavement ants do have a stinger and can bite; but they are not aggressive and are rarely a problem for people.  Pavement ants are not known to transmit any diseases to people, but will contaminate food and food prep areas while foraging for food.

Can Suburban help with a pavement ant problem?

Suburban Exterminating can control and eliminate pavement ants in your home.  Our residential pest control program begins with one of our trained and certified technicians inspecting your home and property, finding and eliminating all of the pavement ants that are hiding inside, and then creating a perimeter around the outside of your house to keep pavement ants and other pests from entering your home!  

For more information about our ant control services, or to schedule your free estimate, call Suburban Exterminating of Long Island today!

Pavement ant prevention tips

  • Eliminate moisture by fixing leaky pipes or fixtures.
  • Clear clogged gutters.
  • Store trash outside in containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Trim back trees, shrubs, and other landscaping away from the outside of your home.
  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors; install door sweeps.
  • Repair any cracks or holes in the foundation.
  • Mend or replace torn window screens.
  • Do not leave food out on counters.
  • Clean up spills and/or crumbs right away.

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