Pest Identification

Learn More About the Pests Invading Your Home

Pavement Ant

How to exterminate them


The key to exterminating ants is to kill the entire colony. If you just spray the ants you see, more ants will continue to reappear in search for a source of water and food that they can bring back to share with the queen and other ants in the colony. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Ant Baits in common areas where you see ants and Combat® Ant Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where ants might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.


Where they live


Pavement Ants can be found throughout most of the U.S.


What they look like


Pavement Ants are medium-sized ants (1/8 inch long). They vary in color from light brown to black with lighter legs and antennae. Their head and thorax have longitudinal, parallel grooves and they move slowly.


Where they nest


Pavement Ants got their name because of their habit of nesting under pavement slabs, such as sidewalks, driveways, and foundations. They usually nest outdoors in open soil or under stones or slabs. Outdoor nests are recognizable by the “dirt craters” the ants leave around the nest entrances. They will sometimes also nest indoors in walls or under floors. They often move indoors in the winter and nest near heating sources, such as radiators.


What they eat


Pavement Ants feed on both sweet and protein foods. They feed on sugary liquids like honeydew from plant-sucking insects such as aphids, scales, and mealybugs. They also feed on live and dead insects and plants.


Steps to prevent an invasion


Pavement Ants are easily controlled with baits. You can also protect your home from pavement ant infestations by sealing cracks where ants could enter, repairing water leaks, not over watering plants, cleaning up food spills, storing food in tightly-sealed containers, and not leaving pet food out.