The pavement ant is one of the most common pests not just in Florida. but across the United States as well. Walk down any street or sidewalk, and you’ll see this type of ant because they usually make their home in pavement cracks – this is how they got their name, after all.
Pavement ants are best identified by their habitat, as ants commonly nest in pavement cracks – though they will colonize in homes as well. They are small at just ⅛ of an inch long, and their bodies are light brown to black in coloring with pale legs and antenna. Colonies are relatively small in size, and the ants move in a trail to find food sources.
Pavement ants are a nuisance, but they not destructive in your home. However, they will eat anything in sight. They will forage up to 30 feet for foods such as cheese, meat, sweets, and bread. When the pavement ant comes into contact with food, they can contaminate and spread ant diseases.
Pavement ants are active throughout the year in Florida, so you will see them during any season.
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