Physical Characteristics

Worker ants are 1/16 to 1/8 inches long and queens are 3/8 inches long. The pavement ant is light brown to black in color, with paler legs and antennae. It gets its name from often nesting in pavement cracks.

Pavement Ant

Pavement Ant


The pavement ant will feed on anything – other insects, honeydew, seeds, plant sap, cheese, bread, nuts and even meat. They like greasy food.  Pavement ant colonies are moderately large, containing 3,000 to 4,000 ants, with several queens. They will forage in trails up to 30 feet from their nest, which usually is located near water. Pavement ant colonies are hostile to one another, and during warm months, it’s not uncommon to find them engaging in huge ant wars on sidewalks. Inside, the usually ground-nesting pavement ant will nest in walls, cracks in expansion joints, under baseboards, and under floors, masonry and insulation. Outside nesting may occur under stone, cracks in pavement, along shady lanes and next to structures. Although pavement ant workers are not aggressive, they can bite and sting if provoked.


As with other ant infestations, seek out the source, where the pavement ant is nesting. It’s probably more effective and safer to call for a Clark Pest Control technician, who can achieve maximum control with the minimum amount of materials.

Latin name: Tetramorium caespitum