What do pavement ants look like?

Pavement ants are a black or brownish in color, with pale legs, and average about 1/8th of an inch in length. These ants are smaller than many other invasive ant species commonly found in the United States. They have a pair of spines on their backs and grooves on their bodies which you likely won’t see unless you are examining one of them with a magnifying glass. Queens and drones are a bit bigger than workers, and can be distinguished by their wings.

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Are pavement ants dangerous?

Pavement ants are generally not dangerous. They do sting, however they rarely do so, and their sting is not of medical significance. They are not considered to be an aggressive species, and will only defend themselves if severely provoked. You may notice if you get stung by pavement ants, as their sting can cause slight discomfort.

Where do pavement ants nest?

Pavement ants primarily nest outside and burrow quite deep underground. However, they also commonly build their nests under structures such as sidewalks, along garden pavers, and in cement cracks. Inside the home, they generally gravitate toward subterranean areas such as basements and along foundations. As they expand their nests, they will attack nearby colonies in an effort to take over. If you discover a large pile of dead pavement ants, you may be observing the aftermath of an ant battle.

How do I get rid of pavement ants?

Pavement ants can be an unsightly nuisance outside the home. Fortunately, Family offers reasonable Home Protection Plans that are guaranteed to eliminate more than 20 household pests, including pavements ants. Our outdoor treatment plan is guaranteed to be effective against ants for one year. If ants are proving to be a nuisance in or around your home, don’t hesitate to call Family Pest Control.

Family Pest’s pavement ant prevention tips

Pavement ants can be dissuaded from entering homes in the following ways:

  • Inspecting basements, foundations, and heavy building materials around the outside of the home for cracks or gaps. These spaces should be caulked or filled to discourage ants from entering.
  • Pavement ants like to eat meats, nuts, bread, seeds, and dairy products as well as sweet treats, like honey. Eliminating their access to such foods will help keep them away from your property.
  • Removing trash frequently, keeping food sealed and stored properly, and cleaning up messes quickly can help keep pavement ants away.

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