What are Pharaoh ants?
Pharaoh ants have yellow or brown bodies and darker colored abdomens. These ants live in colonies with hundreds of queens and thousands upon thousands of workers, often a single colony can having multiple nesting sites. These ants have adapted to living indoors, taking advantage of the artificial heat in our homes, hospitals, restaurants, and other man-made structures. Their preference for living indoors means that these ants are active year-round. They are frustrating ants to deal with not only because they invade in large numbers, but because they are so challenging to get rid of from our homes and businesses.
Are Pharaoh ants dangerous?
Pharaoh ants have the ability to bud when they feel their nest may be under attack. Budding is when a few queens and colony members move to a new location and set up a new nesting site to help ensure the colony’s success. A single colony may have multiple nesting sites within a home or commercial property.
Pharaoh ants spread many pathogens, including salmonella and streptococcus. As they move throughout a home or business, they will contaminate food, surfaces, dishes, utensils, and anything else they crawl over with the bacteria and diseases they carry on their bodies.
These ants are a particular problem in hospitals and other health care facilities as their high moisture needs often drive them to invade patient wounds and IVs searching for water.
Why do I have a Pharaoh ant problem?
Pharaoh ants eat sweets, oils, and proteins. They feed on many of the foods that we do, which makes our properties very attractive to these ants. These ants are very good at getting into any place they wish. Their small size and tenacity work in their favor. They can enter into buildings from the outside and also move easily throughout a building through walls and flooring using wires and pipes as a roadway.
Where will I find Pharaoh ants?
Pharaoh ants prefer areas that provide them with the most warmth and humidity inside our structures. They like to build their nests in areas that give them easy access to food and water.
Pharaoh ants are more often than not found nesting in our kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. They like to build their nests under sinks, behind tubs, and inside wall voids near leaky pipes and air conditioners.
How do I get rid of Pharaoh ants?
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How can I prevent Pharaoh ants in the future?
The easiest way to prevent future problems with dangerous Pharaoh ants is to partner with Evolve Pest Control. In addition to our professional services, the following tips will help keep Pharaoh ants out of your home.
- Seal all possible entry points around and in your house, including small openings and cracks around doors and windows, the foundation, around utility entrances, and baseboards.
- Use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to keep humidity levels low in your home.
- Repair leaky pipes and fixtures.
- Keep your home free of the food debris that Pharaoh ants will want to eat. Wash dishes and vacuum floors regularly, keep kitchen counters clean and free of leftover food, and store food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids.
- Regularly remove trash from your home and store it in containers with locking lids.