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Pavement Ant

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Description

Pavement Ant

Pest Stats

Color

Dark brown to blakish

Legs

Six

Shape

Segmented; oval

Size

1/8”

Antennae

Yes

Region

Found throughout the United States

Habits

Pavement ants are slow-moving ants that feed on greasy and sweet food sources. They will eat almost anything, but primary food sources include insects, seeds, bread, meats, cheese, nuts, honey, and ice cream. They will enter structures in search of food. During the spring months, pavement ants will attempt to conquer new areas and attack nearby enemy colonies. These attacks can sometimes lead to huge sidewalk battles among the ants. They swarm in spring and mate in flight.

Habitat

Pavement ant nests are usually located outdoors under pavement, under stones, next to buildings, or under cracks. They can occasionally be found in structures under floors, in walls, and in insulation. They enter homes through slab cracks and similar openings.

Threats

Pavement ants are not a threat to humans directly but can contaminate foods. Because they forage for dead insects, rats, and rodents outside, when they enter your home, they may carry disease-inducing organisms. Pavement ants have the potential to sting and bite humans if the nest is threatened. The bite is basically harmless and may cause pain, redness, swelling, or inching. Most bites are harmless but there is always a threat for a more serious allergic reaction.

Pavement Ant Prevention

If you suspect a pavement ant infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of pavement ants. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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