Latin name> Tetramorium caespitum
A species of ant whose roots can be found in 18th century Europe, the cobblestone ant is unquestionably very present in Quebec. Living in an outdoor colony, it also bears lesser-known names: sand ant or sidewalk ant. Pavement ant colonies, which can accommodate up to 2 queens, are capable of containing more than 50,000 inhabitants! If they nest outdoors under sidewalks or under a stone in a garden path, they particularly enjoy venturing into homes to find food. Polyphagous, they are very active in Spring.
How to detect their presence of pavement ants?
Like many species of ants, pavement ants are mostly visible by their movements (often in groups), hiding not being their primary concern. Outside, it is advisable to remain attentive to the mounds of earth or sand around your home but also around your garbage cans. Indoors, their droppings will show you their passage through rings and black spots on your walls. The invasion of your food stocks will complete this list.
How to protect against pavement ants?
In order to avoid an infestation of pavement ants, you should first be on the lookout for any cracks and infiltrations in your home. You can also place sticky strips in places of passage if you have discovered any. It is also recommended to keep your garden clean and healthy by uprooting old decomposed stumps but also not to accumulate wood, both outdoors and indoors. Know that low grass is particularly effective in limiting their proliferation. Finally, keep your food in airtight containers.
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