Size: About 1/8-inch long. Color: Brown. Pavement ants are regular pests
of buildings throughout the northeast to the midwestern United States.
This ant is also found along the West Coast from California to Washington.
Behavior – Individual pavement colonies can often be controlled
using ant baits, but perimeter inspection and treatment are commonly
necessary for long-term relief.
Habitat – This ant's name is derived from its preference for
nesting in soil next to and beneath slabs, sidewalks, patios, and
driveways. Colonies are usually easy to find due to the piles of displaced
soil next to and on top of pavement. Indoors, pavement ants nest under the
foundation and within hollow block foundation walls. Occasionally, a
colony may carry soil up into a wall to form a nest. When piles of soil
appear from under baseboards or on top of a basement or garage floor, it
is a good sign that pavement ants may be present.
Tips for Control – These tips will help prevent a pavement ant
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.
- 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.
Keep layers of mulch in landscape beds less than two inches thick
and at least 12 inches away from the foundation.
Suggested Control Products
Formula #1 Ant Bait
Advance Dual Choice