Pavement Ants are small pests (ranging from 1/10 to 1/16 inches in length) that can be found in many parts of the United States, as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida.
The pavement ant earns its name as they nest beneath and along the sides of pavement: patios, driveways, sidewalks, foundations of homes. These pests can also be found inside of homes (and other structures) in wall voids, beneath toilets and water heaters.
Outdoors, you will see pavement ants nesting beneath mulch, landscaping, stones and logs, and also along curbs.
Each colony of pavement ants contains thousands of workers and multiple queens. Swarming of reproductive’s can take place any time of the year but usually takes place in the spring.
Pavement Ants are active foragers who will set up trails along baseboards, beneath the edges of carpets, beneath toilets and other areas inside a structure. Worker ants will also readily move to different rooms and floors via plumbing lines. These lines not only provide a “highway” but also entry points, moisture source and (in cold seasons) heat. The small ants feed on a variety of foods, including grease, sweets, seeds and dead insects. Pet foods or any food dropped on the floor will quickly covered with pavement ants.