Pavement Ants



Pavement ants are a common ant. They can be identified most easily by their legs and antennae, which are a lighter brown shade than the rest of the body. They can grow to around 2 1/2 to 3 mm in length. These ants have a brown to black coloration.

Pavement ants are the ones you usually see swarming a piece of fruit or other food left behind by people. As their name implies, they are usually found infesting around the edges of pavement and cracks in it.

Some quick facts about pavement ants appearance:

  • Their legs and antennae are a lighter color than the rest of their body
  • Their thorax (middle section of the body) has pointy spines
  • The head and body of pavement ants are marked with long, dark, parallel lines.
  • They generally span about a quarter inch in length


Pavement worker ants do not bite. They do, however, have the ability to sting with their sharp spines, located on their thorax. 

Pavement ants are not aggressive by nature, unlike some other ant species like the fire ants. These antis will more likely avoid you rather than attempting to attack you. They can sting if given no other option.


As you might have guessed, pavement ants like to live in cracks of the pavement. If you think this relates to the pavement you have at home, you would benefit from having the cracks and crevices in your pavement filled. Filling the cracks will help with more than just ants. Many other types of insects look to reside in these spaces.

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Pavement ants invade homes and buildings while looking for food. Nests are found outside under rocks and stone. They can also be found along curbs or in cracks in the pavement. If your backyard has a lot of pavement work, you could be at risk of these ants trying to settle there. Have a local pest control specialist come and assess the situation if your DIY efforts have not made a difference.

There are a few telltale signs of a pavement ant infestation. You will most often see the worker ants out and about. They attack plant life and other food sources. 


Pavement ants feed on a variety of food sources. They will happily eat meats, greases, other insects, and seeds, much like other ant species. honeydew, sweets, fruits, and even pet foods can also be part of their diet.

Many of the foods they like to eat coincide with the foods that we eat. Worker ants forage for food and set up trails to food sources that they find around their ant hills. They can enter homes to forage and become a pain when large groups enter the kitchen or garden.


When choosing a DIY pest control method to take care of your ant issues you should know the difference between sprays and baits.


The use of residual sprays will cause stress on the colony and worker ants. The problem here is when you stress ants, they tend to break off and separate into additional colonies. This is called budding

When this happens, you can end up with a worse problem than you had when you started. Be aware!


Using a slow acting bait will help the problem in most cases better than a spray can. When you leave bait for ants, typically they will bring it back to their home to feed the colony. When this happens, you have a chance to take out the entire colony in one foul swoop.

Having them bring the bait back won’t cause them to scatter and create more colonies, it will destroy the ant problem from the inside out.


Pavement ants are one of the more difficult ants to eradicate due to the sheer number of them that can be found in one place. It’s difficult to annihilate ants of any kind without a trace. Exterminators in Staten Island are standing by for pavement inspections as well as extermination needs as needed.

We can treat areas like your backyard, driveway, front yard, and others where pavers are commonly placed. We have slow acting ant repellant chemicals that will treat the existing problem and safeguard the perimeter of the property moving forward.

Annihilator eX-Termination even offers recurring packages where we will be able to come on a regular basis to safeguard you against pests.

Get in touch with Annihilator eX-Termination today and get rid of ants for good.