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Pavement ants get their name because they make nests in or under cracks in pavement. These ants are dark brown to black in color and will enter structures in search of food.
- Color: Dark brown to blackish
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Segmented; oval
- Size: 1/16 to 1/8"
- Antennae: Elbowed with 12-segmented antenna with a 3-segmented club
- Region: Found throughout U.S.
- Habits: These black ants are one of the most commonly encountered ants in the United States and will eat almost anything from insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread and meats to nuts and cheese. They forage in trails for distances of up to 30 feet from their nest and enter structures through doors and windows that do not close tightly as well as penetrations in exterior walls.
- Habitat: Pavement ants are most often found in buildings with ground-level masonry walls. Once inside they will nest in walls, insulation and under floors. Outside, these black ants typically nest under stones, pavement cracks and next to buildings.
- Threats: While these black pavement ants do not pose a public health risk, they can contaminate food and should be avoided. If you notice pavement ants in your property, contact an ant pest control specialist.
If you're interested in learning more about pavement ants, including prevention information and facts, call to schedule a professional inspection of your property and discuss protection options.