Difference Between Carpenter Ants and Pavement Ants

The pavement ant and the carpenter ant may look very similar at a first glance but the truth is that these ants are not that similar. The pavement ants mainly live near or underneath slabs of concrete or other road constructions whereas the carpenter ant prefers spaces where there is damp wood. Pavement ants are comparatively not that damaging since the pavement ants account for a lot of damage on average because carpenter ants have a habit of making very elaborate structures.

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How Carpenter and Pavement Ants Differ

Carpenter ants as earlier mentioned are larger in size and are much more aggressive. They will look for damp wood and will over time expand their colony. These carpenter ants are often mistaken for termites because of the similarity of their damage. These ants can be very destructive over time and can take a lot of time to resolve.

Pavement ants will also be destructive but not nearly as destructive as carpenter ants. As the name already suggests the pavement ants will live underneath slabs of concrete or under another base that will keep these ants safe.

As far as diet of the pavement ant is concerned they have a very varied diet which primarily focuses on food and other types of food whatever they can find and that is why we will call these ants opportunistic feeders because they will eat anything that suits the time and place. Other foods that pavement ants eat are honeydew, bread, nuts, and cheese. That is quite the charcuterie board eh?

As far as the carpenter ants are concerned, these carpenter ants are very attracted to mostly sweet foods but do have the power to stomach anything that goes. Like most ants these ants are also known as opportunistic feeders as well as they will eat anything they can find as well.


The pavement ants build their colonies underneath the pavement, slabs of concrete and logs. You can identify the pavement ant colony by looking at the top of the nest which is often between the grooves of the pavement. Pavement ants will stay mainly outdoors, but the opportunity arises, they will move to the interior when they feel the need to look for more resources.

As for the carpenter ants, they usually have their colonies inside of logs or underneath trees. Their colonies can split off after. The carpenter ant’s satellite colony has a tendency to look for humid environments inside of the house preferably.

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