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Pavement Ant

Tetramorium caespitum
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
The ants are dark brown to black in color measuring about 3-4 mm long. Just like other social ants, they have a queen and sterile workers that maintain and defend the colonies. They also have flying versions which will form a new colony.
They characteristically build their homes and colonies in the nodes between pavements. In summer they dig out the sand between the pavements.
They also aggressively attack other ant colonies.
Size : 1/8 inches
Shape : Segmented, Oval
Color : Dark Brown to Black   
Legs : 6
Wings : Varies
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Pavement Ant
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda   
Class : Insecta
Order : Hymenoptera
Family : Formicidae
Species : Tetramorium caespitum
They eat many things that come their way during colony expansion or foraging like insects, seeds, bread, ice cream and cheese.
They build their colonies on side walks and pavements, beneath slabs and drive ways.

Seal all cracks within your home that they can use to gain entry.
Remove firewood and clutter that they can use to gain access to your home.
Call on experts who understand their behaviors and eliminate them.

They destroy pavement and building structures by their underground tunnels and pathways.
They eat and destroy food items when they invade the home.
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