Pavement Ants - Ts Read

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Pavement Ants

Although these ants can live inside, they get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in the pavement. They are typically found in the eastern half of the United States, California, and Washington. Pavement ant colonies average 3,000 to 4,000 members and have several queens.

Size: 1/8"
Shape: Segmented, oval
Color: Dark brown to black
Legs: 6
Wings: Varies
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Pavement Ant
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Species: Tetramorium caespitum

Diet: These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, grease, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts, and cheese.

Habitat: This ant gets its name because of it most commonly nests in the soil next to and beneath slabs, sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Indoors, pavement ants nest under a building’s foundation and within hollow foundation walls.

Impact: Pavement ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving waste behind.

Prevention: Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes, and termites, are attracted to moisture.Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.