Pest Facts: Pavement Ants
Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in the pavement. They can infest structures.
- Color: Dark brown to blackish
- Legs: Six
- Shape: Segmented; oval
- Size: 1/8 inches
- Antennae: Yes
- Flying: Winged swarmers
- Region: All 50
These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese.
These ants live in or under pavement cracks.
These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided. They are not aggressive, but can bite and sting.
Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.* Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.
*Resource credit: Courtesy of the National Pest Management Association*