Pharaoh Ants

Color: Pale yellow to red bodies.  Abdomens are almost black.  The queen is slightly darker in color.

Characteristics: Often pose a serious threat to hospitals where they infest IV units, medical preparation areas, and even open wounds.

Size: 1/16 inch in length, although the queens are about twice that size.

Potentially Dangerous: Yes

Contaminates Food

Hazard to Health

Structure Invading

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What Do Pharaoh Ants Look Like?

The Pharaoh ants you see in and around your home or structure are pale yellow to red in color and are approximately 1/16 of an inch long.  Queens are typically twice the size of workers and are slightly darker in color. 

Why Do I Have A Pharaoh Ant Problem?

These pests are probably native to Africa but can be found throughout the United States. They like to nest indoors where there is warmth and high humidity. They can be found outdoors as well, on the ground and in debris that has collected on a flat roof. They will go far and wide to locate food and water and they will eat sweets, meat and dead insects. You may have these pests in your home if you have any unprotected food on your counters or in your pantry, or if your food preparation area is not free of crumbs, spills or food debris.

Where Do Pharaoh Ants Nest?

Pharaoh ants are more often than not found nesting indoors; they cannot survive outside in cooler temperatures. If a pharaoh ant nest is found outdoors it will be in the shaded areas of lawns or under piles of debris or firewood.

Inside pharaoh ants prefer to nest in moist, humid areas that are located near food and water sources. Nests are found in inaccessible areas like behind wall voids, behind baseboards, under floors, or in furniture. They will use wires and cables found in the buildings that they infest to travel through the walls and floors from their nesting areas to food and water sources. Pharaoh ants are most commonly found in places that handle food like hotels, hospitals, and grocery stores.

What Kind Of Threat Do Pharaoh Ants Pose?

Pharaoh ants are believed to spread at least a dozen different diseases by contaminating food sources. They are often a problem in grocery stores, hospitals, hotels and apartment buildings. They don’t survive the winter in much of the US, but they do over-winter in some of the warmer states. They forage for food in homes and businesses along set trails on carpets, countertops and along floorboards, preferring warm and moist locations to build their nests. Their colonies can also become very large, having multiple queens and their colonies can branch out easily as well. They have been observed in some very strange places and are known to penetrate very sterile environments in hospitals.  They have even been seen taking moisture from the mouths of newborn infants.

What Are The Signs Of A Pharaoh Ant Infestation?

The best way to determine that pharaoh ants are invading your home is to see the amber colored workers traveling through and foraging for food in your home.

How Do I Control Pharaoh Ants?

Controlling Pharaoh ants can be difficult because their colonies can be so large. It is not advised to use over the counter ant treatments because they can actually cause a Pharaoh ant colony to grow. You may treat them once and they seem to disappear but will come back with a vengeance in just over a week. You can try to seal up any holes or gaps in the exterior of your property as well as use double sided sticky tape along baseboards and near any sterile equipment to try to deter these pests. If you notice ant activity around your home or business, contact Holder's Pest Solutions for effective ant control in Houston.

How Do You Prevent Pharaoh Ants?

Getting rid of pharaoh ants can be very difficult because of their ability to move their colony to a new area when it is disturbed. However, along with maintaining year-round pest control services there are several things you can do to help prevent pharaoh ants from invading your property.

  • Eliminate moisture in and around your home to keep these ants away.  

  • Don't make it easy for them to enter your home by trimming tree branches and bushes that touch the exterior of the dwelling and sealing cracks and other openings in the foundation.

  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors.

  • Seal areas found around pipes, wires, and other utilities entering into your home.

  • Store food properly, do not leave food out on kitchen counters or tables and clean up spills right away.

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