Pavement Ant


Actual Size: 1/16″ to 1/8″

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


Antennae: Yes

Wings: The reproductive males and females have wings.

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


  • Prefer to feed on 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 Alburquerque NM

Pavement ants get their name from their habit of nesting beside and under driveways, sidewalks, and foundations. Common across the Alburquerque area, pavement ants feed on a wide range of foods but prefer to eat the honeydew produced by aphids and mealybugs. Developed pavement ant colonies produce winged swarmers from April to August. Sometimes confused with termites, pavement ant swarmers can cause significant issues in large commercial buildings. Due to their nests being in close proximity to structures, they often make their way indoors in search of food.

Pavement Ant Habitat

Favorite nesting sites are locations in areas with minimal vegetation, which makes urban habitats ideal. True to their name, pavement ants nest under or near sidewalks, slabs, and concrete. As they construct their nests, they take any soil removed and place it in a mound near the nest. These mounds are usually discovered on the surface of the ground or next to a patio or sidewalk. Pavement ants construct nests at ground level and workers use wires or pipes to move upward. In commercial businesses, they often become an issue when the alates or reproductives drop from openings in walls above false ceilings, falling into the rooms below.

Pavement Ant Behaviors, Threats or Dangers

Pavement ants can bite and sting, but they rarely bite humans. Mostly a nuisance pest, they create unsightly piles of sand on driveways, sidewalks, and inside commercial buildings. Constructing nests along the sides of garages and any areas of a home or building constructed on a concrete slab, pavement ants contaminate food as they invade kitchens and pantries. When nests aren’t treated in a timely manner, pavement ants will continue to spread into new populations. If you suspect a pavement ant infestation, consult a professional ant exterminator.

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