Pavement Ants

Size: They are about 2.5 to 3 mm long, with parallel lines on head and thorax.

Color: Pavement ants are light brown to black with appendages lighter than the rest of the body.

Antennae: They have 12-segmented antennae with a three-segmented club.

Habits: Underneath and beside sidewalks, patios and driveways are ideal habitats for these pests. Because they live near homes, pavement ants often make their way inside looking for food sources such as sweets, proteins and dead insects. While cracks in foundations, basement floors and walls, plus concrete slabs may let them indoors initially, the crumbs, trash, and open food containers they find encourage them to return and become a pest problem. Pavement ants like to feed on leftover pet food either inside or outside the home.

Pro Tips:

- Seal cracks and holes in the exterior of the home to prevent ants and other pests from entering.
- Keep vegetation cut away from the foundation of the home.
- Avoid using items such as stones and landscape timbers next to the home's foundation. Pavement ants nesting under these items are likely to infest the home.
- Keep layers of mulch in landscape beds less than two inches thick and at least 12 inches away from the foundation.