Ants of cobblestone
Reddish brown to black appearance, lighter end than the rest of its body, the pavement ants measure about 1/10 inch in length. It has parallel lines on the head and chest and its 12-segment antenna.
|Nom français||Fourmi des pavés|
|Nom anglais||Pavement Ant|
|Nom latin||Tetramorium caespitum|
Feeding the pavement ants
This insect is omnivorous. It feeds on a multitude of different foods, but it prefers foods that may contain fat and sugar. She is very attracted to water and humidity, therefore!… Pay attention to your water infiltration and as a result of water damage that you have not yet finished treating.
Mores of these ants
The cobblestone ant, as the name suggests, settles outside our homes. It is regularly found under rocks and rockeries,
- at the salting level,
- the cracks in the pavement,
- inside the garage,
- in the walls,
- under the floors.
The fine earth rejected for the creation of their nest forms small mounds on the ground.
In their quest for food, they will invade homes.
Rhythm of life of this Formicidae
This ant hibernates during the winter, about four feet from ground level where the temperature is 4 degrees Celsius. If you find this ant during the winter and spring inside your home, you already have a nest installed in your home.
Reproduction of pavement ants
The queen produces up to 20 eggs per day. The larva develops in about 35/42 days; before becoming an adult it goes through several stages of development.
A colony can easily reach 2000 to 5000 individuals. It prepares several future winged queens, which will normally be released between June and July for breeding.
When we find it inside the houses, we must call the exterminator to dislodge them as quickly as possible and prevent their spread.