Pharaoh Ants

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What do pharaoh ants look like?

Pharaoh ants are light reddish-orange in color with black areas on their abdomens. Pharaoh ants have a 3 segmented club antenna, while their bodies are divided into 3 defined pars, the head, thorax, and the abdomen. Pharaoh worker ants are approximately 1/16 inch long but the pharaoh ant queen is much larger. 

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Are pharaoh ants dangerous?

While pharaoh ants don’t sting, they do bite. Pharaoh ant bites are not poisonous but they do carry and transmit pathogens like Streptococcus and salmonella. Pharaoh ants can be particularly dangerous in health care facilities like hospitals, retirement homes, and clinics. Pharaoh ants are known to invade wounds, IV bags, and even get into mouths and eyes of patients. Pharaoh ant colonies are also known to cause extensive damage to wooden structures where they nest. 

Pharaoh ant habitat.

Pharaoh ants will nest outdoors in lawns and gardens in warm climates. They are also known to nest in man-made structures where they are hidden and protected from elements. They are known to take advantage of artificial heating in buildings to survive through winters. 

How do I get rid of pharaoh ants?

Ant problems can be quite difficult to eliminate. First off, a very thorough inspection of the property should be completed to find where worker ants are trailing. This will help locate the primary nest. The problem with pharaoh ants is they will “bud” if they are disturbed or feel threatened. This leads to multiple nesting sites making it more difficult to treat and get rid of pharaoh ants. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to find and eliminate all pharaoh ants as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program. 

How can I prevent pharaoh ant problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any pharaoh ant problems in your home. 

  • Clean regularly, do not leave crumbs or spills. 
  • Keep dishes washed nightly and put away to eliminate that food and water source.
  • Do not leave food out on counters and put away pet food at night in a sealed container. 
  • Seal up cracks in the foundation or basement, use caulking to seal up around windows and doors. 
  • Reduce high humidity areas by using a dehumidifier or air-conditioner where needed. 
  • Remove trash from your home regularly and place it in an outdoor trash can with a tight lid. 
  • Keep trash containers, firewood, and compost piles at least 20 feet from the exterior of your home.

If you suspect a pharaoh ant problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.

Resources: Pest World, Wikipedia

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