Pavement Ant in Leominster, Worcester & Springfield, MA and Providence, RI

 

Pavement Ant

Tetramorium caespitum

Pavement Ant
 
 

What are Pavement Ants?

Pavement ants can be found throughout the Eastern United States and in California. They nest under rocks, in cracks in pavement, and along the edges of curbing. Pavement ants measure from 1/10th to 1/8th of an inch in length. Their appearance ranges in color from light to very dark brown. Their legs and antennae are much paler.
 
 
 
 
 

Can you tell me about their nests?

A pavement ant colony is started by a single queen that lays the eggs and tends the brood. The brood then develop into worker ants. As they mature, the tending of the nest is take over by workers. The workers shift the location of the nest as moisture and temperature fluctuates. When workers forage for food for the queen and her young, they can enter homes and become a nuisance.
 
 
 
 
 

What do they eat?

Pavement ants feed on a variety of materials including anything that people and animals eat, especially greasy and sugary substances. They also feed on dead and live insects.