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Pavement Ant ID
Pavement Ant (Tetramorium caespitum)
Description of Workers: Small workers, around 1/8-inch (2.5 to 3 mm); light to dark brown or blackish. The head and thorax is furrowed by parallel lines. These ants have one pair of spines on the thorax and a sting on the tip of the abdomen.
Pavement ants get their name because they often nest under sidewalks, driveways and building foundations. A mound of displaced soil along a paved area is probably a sign of pavement ant activity. During the winter, pavement ants may nest inside structures near a heat source.
Management includes locating and appropriately treating colonies. Commercial baits have been shown to be effective.
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This resource was updated November 2015 by Soni Cochran, Extension Associate
- Credits: Ant illustrations were developed by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County
- Photo Courtesy of http://www.antweb.org. Photographer: April Nobile
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