Pavement Ants

Actual Size
1/16″ to 1/8″

Pavement ants are identified by the parallel grooves that run along the head and thorax.


  • Outdoors pavement ants nest under flat stones, sidewalks, and concrete slabs.
  • They are of a particular problem when the structure is built on a slab.
  • Indoors, they will nest in walls, insulation, and floors.
  • They prefer to feed on meats and greases.



Pavement ants are incredibly small, only ranging from 2.5–4 mm. Varying between black and dark brown colors, these tiny ants can become a big nuisance. They are very common in urban environments. One of the biggest attractants of pavement ants is pet food that has been left out or not properly sealed. When these ants get inside your home, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of.

Pavement Ant Habitat

True to their name, pavement ants are most often found under or near sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Because of their close proximity to homes, these ants often make their way indoors in search of sources of food. They will also nest under large stones or under dead trees. Pavement ants are very common throughout the nation, and their nesting sites are easily recognized. Mounds at the entry point are created as a result of them digging and tunneling for nesting purposes. Colonies of pavement ants can reach up to 10,000 members.

Behaviors of Pavement Ants

Once a colony has grown to a certain size, the colony will begin to branch out to form new ones. Queen pavement ants and male drones both have wings, enabling them to mate and form new colonies elsewhere. This swarming behavior typically occurs in the springtime. When nests aren’t treated in time, pavement ants will continue to spread into new populations.

Pavement ants will feed on anything, including fat and grease, sugar substances, and other foods. They will scavenge for any kind of edible crumb, and will invade buildings to find food resources for their substantial colonies. They are also notorious for interrupting picnics and outdoor spaces.

Ant Colonies

Ants will build nests almost anywhere in and around your house:

  • Lawns
  • Sidewalks
  • Walls
  • Tree stumps
  • Under foundations

A typical ant colony can grow up to 300,000 to 500,000 members, sometimes with several queens. Whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when a nest is threatened. Worker ants may live up to seven years and queens as long as 15 years.

What You Can Do

Can you get rid of ants yourself? Most do-it-yourself ant control products only kill the ants you see. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments. The best you can do is to eliminate any potential food sources by keeping your home or business clean. However, if you’re still having issues, you’ll need to contact a pest control specialist like Presto-X “Formerly Fischer” to seek out and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning.

Ant Control Solutions

For residential pest control, we offer our pestfree365® program, which covers over 36 common pests to ensure your property and home are protected throughout the entire year. Commercial pest control customers can also benefit from our extensive industry experience.

When you schedule ant control service with Presto-X “Formerly Fischer” , your technician will:

  • Determine the type of ant
  • Conduct a full property inspection that includes your yard, attached & detached structures, driveway and home
  • Directly treat all nests and trails on the outside
  • Install ant stations to monitor activity
  • Discreetly apply ant baits for interior nests
  • Seal small common entry points if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestations

Don’t wait until your home is overrun by ants. Contact Presto-X “Formerly Fischer” today!