Pavement Ants

pavement_antsIntroduction: Pavement ants are dark brown to blackish in color and are about 1/8 inch long. Pavement ants have origin to Europe and were first discovered in the United States in the 1700’s.

Biology: Pavement ants will eat anything: insects, honeydews, bread and meats. These ants feed on virtually everything. The workers will forage up to 30 feet for food and will make their trail for other workers to follow. This particular ant will have multiple queens in the colony with the sole purpose of laying eggs. The winged reproductive ants tend to swarm in the late spring and it is not likely that this ant will swarm in the fall. The colony size is rather large with a population ranging from 10,000-30,000 ants at any given time.

Habits: Pavement ants generally live in the soil under concrete slabs. These ants will take up residency in homes and structures, though this is very rare. These ants cause little if any structural damage, but are considered a nuisance by homeowners.