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Pavement Ants

Pavement Ants carrying a leaf
Size:1.5 mm – 3 mm
Colour:Brown or Black
Shape:The body is divided into 3 distinct pieces with grooves on the thorax and head, and spines on the thorax only.

Pavement Ant Treatment


What Does Bugman Do?

Our specialists will manage the outside area of your home, diligently seeking out and addressing any ant hills. Inside the house, we’ll handle the primary level and any additional sections where you’ve observed ant activity.

Will Pavement Ants Cause Damage?

Pavement ants don’t endanger your property’s structure as they don’t nest in or gnaw on damaged wood, unlike Carpenter Ants. The main issue with pavement ants is the potential contamination of human and pet food, as they can disseminate germs and diseases during their movement.

Why Choose Bugman?

With 30 years of expertise in preventing pavement ants from invading your home, we provide cost-effective services along with a 6-month warranty.

What is Bugman’s Warranty?

Our pavement ant treatment comes with a 6-month warranty, encompassing any necessary follow-ups to ensure your home remains free from ants.

Where Does Bugman Service?

We provide pavement ant treatment services throughout Canada.

Don’t wait for the pavement ants to invade your house, if you see them outside, give us a call at 604-854-2847, and we’ll help to prevent them from taking over your home.


More Information on Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are typically seen as a hassle because their colonies can grow to more than 10,000 workers. When they infiltrate your home, they tend to bring their entire family along. They find sidewalks, walkways, and patios to be perfect habitats, so they may likely be there, hidden beneath the surface, even if you don’t notice them.

It’s strongly suggested to spray the interior of your home before pavement ants make their way in. Once they’ve entered, the issue becomes significantly harder to deal with.

Pavement Ant Life Cycle

Nuptial FlightThe nuptial flight is the mating process pavement ants engage in during late spring and early summer. At this time, winged males mate with winged females, while flying. Once the mated female ant finds a suitable spot, she will land, discard her wings, and begin building a new colony.
EggsQueen pavement ants burrow into the soil after mating to lay their first set of eggs, and after the colony has been established, the queen can lay up to 45 eggs per day.
Larvae & PupaeWhen eggs hatch they are legless larvae that are kept in the colony and fed insect & fruit pulp until they pupate. When the ants pupate, they form a casing around themselves which they remain inside of until they are fully grown.
AdultsOnce pavement ants mature, they take on their respective role in the colony.

Roles in a Pavement Ant Colony

QueenThe queen’s initial role is to tend to the eggs and provide nutrients to ensure their success. Once the first batch of eggs is grown and capable of tending to future ant eggs, the queen shifts her focus to laying eggs so she can expand the colony. This remains her role for the remainder of her 10-15 year life.
Sterile WorkerSterile worker ants tend to the eggs and larvae and rarely leave the nest. Their primary role is to clean eggs and feed larvae, but they are also tasked with taking care of the queen.
SoldiersSoldier ants defend and protect the colony, while also foraging for food. Usually, the biggest ants go the farthest away from the nest and leave behind a pheromone that helps communicate to other ants which route to take.
Winged ReproductiveThe role of a winged reproductive ant is solely to extend the life of the colony. The winged ants emerge when it’s time for them to breed, at which time they will leave the original colony on a nuptial flight. Once the mated ants find a suitable spot, they will land, discard their wings, and begin building a new colony.

Signs of a Pavement Ant Infestation

  • Seeing ants around food sources, such as in kitchens or on patios.
  • Seeing trails of ants searching for food.
  • Small mounds of dirt near your home – usually found on your driveway or walkway
  • Small mounds of dirt in your house – usually found in or near the kitchen or bathroom.

Do Pavement Ants Bite?

Pavement ants are capable of stinging, but they do not bite. Nonetheless, these ants are more of an annoyance than a danger, typically resorting to using their stingers only when necessary.

How Did I Get Pavement Ants

Pavement ants often nest beneath concrete, such as driveways and building foundations, or alongside garages and houses, which makes them a difficult pest to keep out of your house.

Most of the time, pavement ants will enter your house for one of two reasons:

  1. They are searching for food and successfully found it in your house. When this happens, pavement ants often bring their whole family inside for dinner.
  2. They are searching for shelter and found a way to access your home through a small opening in the basement walls, concrete floors, or around windows and doors.

Regardless of how or why they got in, give Bugman a call at 604-854-2847 and we’ll get them out.