What are pharaoh ants?
Pharaoh ants are a small ant that lives together in very large colonies and are most often found invading places that handle food like hotels, hospitals, schools, grocery stores, apartment complexes, and restaurants.
Pharaoh ants are amber or yellowish color and have a dark brown or black abdomen.
Workers grow to be about 1/16th of an inch in length with the queens being slightly larger in size growing to 1/8th of an inch in length.
Are pharaoh ants dangerous?
Yes, pharaoh ants are a dangerous ant species to have to invade your home because they are known for carrying and transmitting a wide variety of diseases and bacteria to people including salmonella and Streptococcus. Pharaoh ants can be particularly problematic in hospitals where they will invade wounds, IV bags, and get into the mouths and eyes of patients.
Why do I have a pharaoh ant problem?
Pharaoh ants enter into homes and other building while foraging for food or to seek shelter. They move inside of and between homes using wires and cable as their own “highways”. They like to nest in warm humid areas that provide easy access to food sources. Nesting areas include behind baseboards, wall voids, underneath of floors, and even in furniture. Pharaoh ants feed on sweets, oil, proteins, and other dead insects.
How do I get rid of pharaoh ants?
Pharaoh ants are difficult to get rid of because when they are disturbed or sense a toxic substance they will “bud” and create new and multiple nesting sites. Getting help from a professional pest control expert is best when it comes to pharaoh ants, professionals have the experience needed to find the multiple areas of your home that are infested with pharaoh ants. At All-American Pest Control, we can help to find and eliminate all the pharaoh ants and other common household pests from your home through our year-round Perimeter Plus Pest Control program or our Green Choice Pest Control program.
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Can I do it myself?
Do-it-yourself pest control products are not only often ineffective against pharaoh ants and other household pests, but they can be dangerous for you, your family, and your pets to be around, especially if they are not mixed or placed properly. DIY pest control products also do nothing to solve the issues of how and why pharaoh ants are invading your home in the first place; and in the case of pharaoh ants, DIY products can lead to “budding” and a larger infestation. The best way to safely and completely get rid of these pests from your home and prevent a re-infestation is to get help from a professional ant control expert. If pharaoh ants have infested your property or home contact the professionals here at All-American Pest Control today.
Why choose All-American Pest Control?
With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and patience it takes to solve any pest problem- including problems with pharaoh ants. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem from our trained, friendly experts.
How can I prevent problems with pharaoh ants in the future?
Along with putting into place a year-round pest control program from the pest control experts here at All-American Pest, the following prevention tips can help to prevent problems with pharaoh ants in your home:
- Make sure to regularly remove trash from your home and place it in outdoor trash cans with tight-fitting lids until the trash pick-up day.
- Place trash cans, woodpiles, and compost piles a distance away from the exterior of your home.
- Reduce areas of high humidity in your home by using de-humidifiers, and/or air-conditioners.
- Seal cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation or exterior walls.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Caulk spaces and gaps around exterior windows and doors and fill in the spaces around wires, cables, and other utility entrances.
- Swiftly clean up spills and crumbs, and regularly wash dirty dishes.
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