Tetramorium Caespitum also known as the Pavement Ant.
Identification of Tetramorium Caespitum Pavement Ants.
Pavement ants also are known as Tetramorium Caespitum can grow up to 1/6 of an inch long. They have a dark brown colour and sometimes black. They like to make nests underground near pavement cracks. The nest can sometimes be recognised because of the soil mounds next to the pavement. Pavement ants can be found around the coastal areas of the United Kingdom, and parts of the USA and Europe.
The habitat of Tetramorium Caespitum Pavement Ants.
Most nests of pavement ants are under pavement and the sides of pavement, however, they can also be found nesting under logs, stones, rocks, concrete slabs and areas which it is landscaped. It can be very rare to find them indoors although they have been known to nest in walls.
Pavement Ant Life Cycle.
Tetramorium Caespitum Pavement Ants have very large colonies, they usually have only one queen ant. The reproduction rate of pavement ants is typically between spring into very late summer. After the colony produces male ants and they mate, the new queens find a new home a dig into the soil. When the queen has done this she will begin to start her very own colony by laying eggs. Until the colonies, first worker ants have emerged. During the winter time, pavement ants like to nest inside walls and structures closer to a source of heat.
Pavement Ant Behaviour
The pavement ants have a stinger, but they rarely use the stinger on humans unless threatened. The stinger is typically used for hunting other insects and ant species. It can also be used to fend off predators from the ant nest.
Pavement Ants are a very common home raider and will often seek to get into homes to find food. This usually only occurs at night time. Gardens that grow vegetables and other fruits may become a foraging area for pavement ants. Although pavement ants can be a pain they really don’t cause any damage to your home or garden.