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The Pavement Ant: FAQ

A colony of pavement ants on a sidewalk. PHOTO: JOHN OBERMEYER, PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Pavement ants are one of the most common outdoor ants you may encounter. The good news is that they do not bite or sting—they’re more so just a simple nuisance. Learn more about these ants with our FAQ below.

What do pavement ants look like?

They are tiny black ants. These ants are very small, about the size of odorous house ants but more slender; the head is as large as or larger than the abdomen.

Where are pavement ants commonly found?

The pavement ant is almost always seen outside in the cracks of driveways, sidewalks, and bricks. They are very common in areas where you may relax outside and eat, such as patios and porches.

One local sidewalk ant species may become an interior pest, sometimes invading structures in great numbers. When inside, they are usually found along baseboards or the edges of hardwood or tiled areas.

Do pavement ants cause damage?

Unlike other common ant species, pavement ants do not eat at the structure of your home. Pavement ants are beneficial insects, and rarely (with one exception) invade structures in any significant numbers. 

How to get rid of pavement ants?

The best method for control involves the use of a transfer insecticide — these types of products are not available to anyone without a pest control license. If you see them, it's time to call your local ant exterminators at Eastside Exterminators.