Pharaoh Ants

What do Pharaoh ants look like?

pharaoh ant found in the east end of long island

Pharaoh ants are pale red to yellowish brown with an unevenly rounded thorax.  Their abdomens are darker and sometimes even black.  Pharaoh ants grow to be 1/16th of an inch in length; queens grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length.  Their antenna is 12-segmented, and has a 3-segmented club on the end.

Pharaoh ant behaviors

Pharaoh ants live in very large colonies that contain hundreds of thousands of workers and hundreds of reproductive females.  Outside they tend to nest in shaded areas and underneath piles of organic debris.  

Inside they like to nest in warm humid areas that are located near their food sources (sweets, oils, proteins, and dead insects). The workers will create scent trails so they can easily find their way back and forth between their nest and food. They can typically be found behind baseboards and wall voids, under floors, and in furniture.  Pharaoh ants will use electrical wires and telephone cables as “roads” to travel through walls and between the floors of homes and other buildings.

If a Pharaoh ant colony is disturbed, the members of the colony will simply migrate to new locations and create new colonies through a process called budding. Budding only increases the amount of Pharaoh ants invading a home or business.


Are pharaoh ants dangerous?

Pharaoh ants are a dangerous type of ant.  They are known for carrying and transmitting a large variety of bacteria and diseases including salmonella and Streptococcus.  Besides being a danger in homes and apartment complexes, Pharaoh ants can become a huge problem inside places that handle food including: hotels, grocery stores, and hospitals.

Inside hospitals they can become especially problematic when they enter wounds, IV bags, and sometimes the mouths of sleeping patients.  Inside homes they will nest and hide in very hard to reach areas, will contaminate food sources, and will become a huge nuisance in general. They are also very difficult to get rid of.

Can Suburban help with a pharaoh ant problem?

Yes, Suburban can help to control and eliminate Pharaoh ants; in fact, getting professional help is the only true way to get rid of a Pharaoh ant infestation because they nest in such hard to reach areas of homes and businesses and because of their ability to bud.  

Suburban Exterminating of Long Island offers effective home pest control that gets rid of Pharaoh ants in homes and we also provide commercial pest control that eliminates these ants.  For more information about getting rid of Pharaoh ants or to schedule your free estimate, please contact Suburban today!

Pharaoh ant prevention tips

  • Remove trash from your home often and store in outdoor trash cans with tight-fitting lids.
  • Keep woodpiles and compost a good distance away from your structure.  
  • Reduce areas of high humidity in your home by using dehumidifiers, and/or air-conditioners.
  • Seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation or exterior walls; install door sweeps on all exterior doors. 
  • Caulk any spaces found around exterior windows and doors.
  • Keep food stored in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
  • Clean up spills and crumbs right away, and regularly wash dirty dishes.

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