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Pavement Ant


Actual Size: 1/16″- 1/8″ long

Characteristics: Light to dark brown to blackish color. Dark parallel lines run down the head and thorax.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Reproductive males and females have wings.

Habitat: Nests usually located in open soil or under stones and pavement, masonry or wood, near sidewalks, patios, and driveways.


  • Prefers to feed on honeydew, meat proteins, and greasy foods.
  • Indoors, will construct nests in walls, insulation, and underneath floors.
  • Outdoors pavement ants nest under flat stones, sidewalks, and concrete slabs.

Pavement Ants in Salina

Pavement ants get their name because they construct nests beside and under sidewalks, driveways, and foundations in the Salina area. They feed on meat, grease, dead insects, seeds, and sweets, but their favorite food is honeydew produced by aphids and mealybugs. Pavement ant swarms appear most often in the spring but may occur continuously if the nest is located indoors. Swarming pavement ants are sometimes confused with termites because of their wings. They often make their way indoors in search of food.

Pavement Ant Habitat

Pavement ants move slowly and deliberately. Trails are often seen at night moving to and from food sources. When building nests, they place displaced soil in a mound nearby. These mounds are easy to find next to a patio or sidewalk. When they’re inside homes, ants can often be found in the kitchen. They will establish nests inside wall voids, insulation, or under flooring.

Pavement Ant Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Pavement ants can bite and sting, but they rarely do so to humans. They are mostly harmless and therefore considered a nuisance pest.  However, as they invade homes in large numbers, pavement ants can cause food contamination. When nests aren’t treated in time, they will continue to spread throughout a home or business and form new colonies.

If you suspect a pavement ant infestation, consult a professional ant exterminator.

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