What Do Pharaoh Ants Look Like?

Pharaoh ants are a small species (1/16 of an inch) of ant that live together in large colonies. Their bodies are light yellow to red in color, and they have red or black abdomens. The queen is slightly darker in color than the workers. These ants are often identified by their ability to establish multiple colonies throughout a structure, and their ability to survive most household pest control treatments.

a pharaoh ant crawling in a kitchen

What Attracts Pharaoh Ants?

Pharaoh ants are attracted to properties that offer easy access to food, water, and shelter sources. Pharaoh ants feed on a wide variety of food including sweets, oils, and proteins. Open garbage containers, compost piles, pet food, outdoor eating areas, and gardens can all initially attracts pharaoh ants to your property.

Where Do Pharaoh Ants Nest?

Pharaoh ants prefer to nest in areas that are warm and humid, such as inside homes and other buildings like hospitals and food processing facilities. They like to nest in areas such as:

  • Behind baseboards
  • In walls voids
  • Underneath of floors
  • Near hot water pipes
  • Behind large appliances

Pharaoh ants are particularly problematic and difficult to get rid of. When their colony is disturbed, members of the colony will move to new locations and create new colonies and nesting areas - this process is called “budding”.

Are Pharaoh Ants Dangerous?

Pharaoh ants can be considered a dangerous species of ant. Pharaoh ants carry and transmit a number of dangerous pathogens, including Salmonella and Streptococcus. Pharaoh ants often invade hospitals where they contaminate patient wounds and intravenous bags. When nesting inside a home, they contaminate food and the surfaces of your home with the bacteria they carry on their bodies and legs.

How Do I Get Rid Of Pharaoh Ants?

Lindsey Pest Services uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to getting rid of Pharaoh ants. Our expert pest control technicians will do the following when they visit your home:

  • Inspect your property to determine where the ants are active and where their nests are located.
  • Once we’ve evaluated the ant problem, we’ll determine the most efficient method of ant control.
  • Eliminate the colony of Pharaoh ants. If you choose one of our home pest control plans, we will perform ongoing maintenance to ensure the colonies don't restart. This maintenance will also keep new ants and other household pests from entering your home.

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