What are PHARAOH ANTS?
Pharaoh ants spread a contagious bacterial disease characterized by fever and delirium, typically with the formation of buboes and sometimes infection of the lungs which rather quickly and kill many people around the United States.
These ants are smart in increasing their colony size and inbreeding.
It is also believed that Pharaoh ants caused bacterial disease and killed the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt which is why they are called pharaoh ants.
What do they look Like?
These ants are yellowish in color with about 1/16th inch in length. When they are fully grown, their abdomens can be clearly seen to have dark brown to black in color.
Pharaoh ants are smart because they work and breed based on what they feel to be true even without conscious reasoning which makes them difficult to control.
They develop their population and colonies swift and smart and in no time they become huge in numbers.
How they behave?
Similarly, like other ants, they live in colonies where they have King, Queen, and workers. Workers are the one who brings in food inside the colonies for the young and elders of the colony.
Unlike other ants, Pharaoh ants like to establish their colonies inside the house where they feel protected from insects and have a cozy warm and humid environment.
After fully establishing a colony, the queen ant leaves it along with adult workers, some junior ants, and even eggs to formulate and develop a new colony.
These ants are famous that they nest near the large amount of food like hotels, grocery stores, and hospitals.
Like other ants, pharaoh ants also prefer to eat sweet and sugary food over the other food but they are not limited to it. They like food which is thick and greasy.
HOW TO GET RID OF PHARAOH ANTS: 4 STEP SOLUTION
Unlike other insects, these ants are smart and initiative and when you think you can buy a good insecticide and spray it around your home and your job is done, you will be wrong. These ants can smell odors of insecticides and foggers and communicate within the rest of the colony to avoid using the affected area. As they are tricky ants, baiting is the most effective way to kill and get rid of them by all means. Here are some of the ways how you can bait these complex little ants.
Step 1: Identification
As we have discussed that these are extremely small ants and it’s not straight forward to judge them right away. One quick hint can be that their abdomens are in dark brown to black in color but sometimes that is not enough. If you face any trouble in recognizing these ants, send us an email at and we can help you in identification the ants and will also recommend some products which can help eliminate these ants precisely.
Step 2: Inspection
The next step is locating their colony or nest. This is not a straight forward as it sounds. You need to observe the ants wandering around your home and observe where are leading to.
As these ants are smart, it might take you some time identifying their trail, but if you act smart, and put a non-poisonous bait like peanut you can track them rather quickly.
Wait for the ants to pick up the harmless bait and follow their trail to locate their nest which is vital when you actually want to start the baiting process.
Step 3: Control
When you know the ant trail and nest, its time for the actual baiting process.
Use sugar-based bait such as “Advion Bait Gel” and put it along with their trail and near to their nest.
Make sure you do not disturb any usual activity of the ants because if they find out any unusual activity they can alert the others in the colony to not follow the trail.
Baiting is a slow process and it can take about 2 weeks of time for ants to pick up and take the bait to their nest for sharing with others in their colony.
If you want to repel the ants from entering a specific area in your home, you can use a spray like Cyzmic CS to create a barrier wall.
If you are to spray near the kitchen or places where food is stored you need to be extra careful not spraying over food items. Do not spray near the bait area as it can cause distraction among the ants.
Step 4: Preventative Measure
After you have to bait the ants inside your home and all the ants are already killed, it’s the time for making some preventive measures so that these ants do not come back.
Here are the following measures you need to make sure you do not have.
- Clean moist and wet places if you have along with your home as these places attract pests, flies and ants
- Fix any water pipe leaks
- Clean your food storage areas to clear food crumbs and grease
- Seal cracks and crevices
- Trim branches of the trees which connect to your home