Pavement Ants

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    Pavement Ants


    Description: Pavement ants are 1/16- 1/8 inch long with a dark body and lighter colored legs. They are easily identified by the narrow, parallel grooves on their heads and thoraxes.

    Biology: The developmental time (egg to adult) is 36 to 63 days. Indoors, swarmers emerge anytime, and they emerge outdoors in June and July.

    Habits: Pavement ants are commonly found in metropolitan areas. They nest outdoors under flat stones, under sidewalks, along curbing, under concrete slabs, etc. They invade structures in search of food and are a particular problem in areas where slab-on-grade construction is prevalent. Inside structures, they nest in walls, insulations, floors, and near heat sources during the winter. They feed on insects, meats, seeds, and sweets, but they prefer meats and greases. They are slow-moving insects and are frequently observed in areas where they are prevalent. They forage in trails as far as 30 feet from the nest. Although they are not aggressive, workers can bite and sting.

    Odorous House Ants

    These are really small ants that can easily live inside of your home. They are so small that they can find ways into your wall voids. Odorous house ants smell like rotten coconut when smashed.

    Pavement Ants

    These little black ants are often found building their cone shaped colonies in the cracks of your sidewalk. You can also find them invading any structure that is built on the ground level.

    Carpenter Ants

    Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but they burrow through it and create the tunnels and galleries that will form their nest. While not as destructive as termites, carpenter ants can still do a lot of damage.

    Pharaoh Ants

     If you see a small yellow ant in your home, you are probably looking at a Pharaoh ant. These ants love anything sweet and are completely happy to create nests inside of homes and buildings.

    Argentine Ants

    This species of ant does not swarm. Instead, argentine ants create connecting colonies with a queen for each one. This strategy makes them difficult to eliminate because there are so many egg-laying queen ants.

    Acrobat Ants

    Acrobat ant nests are most often found in areas with moisture. That means if you have high moisture areas in your home, that is where this type of ant will build it’s nest.

    Thief Ants

    These tiny ants get their name from their questionable activity. They sneak into larger ants nests and steal larva. If a thief ants get into your home, they will gladly switch from eating stolen larva to stealing your food.