The Pharaoh Ant can survive outside only in the subtropical areas such as Florida and Hawaii. That means that if you have them, they are probably in your home.
Pharaoh ants are small honey colored to reddish ants that have multiple queens and sub-colonies. New colonies spring up by budding, which is a group of reproductive ants and worker ants leaving the original colony to start their own. The budding process is why this particular species is hard to control or eliminate.
The Pharaoh Ant will nest almost anywhere such as buildings, homes, green houses, cracks and crevices, between sheets of paper or linens, also hospitals or nursing homes. You may also find them in and around your pet food dishes. These ants can act as mechanical vectors of pathogens and more than a dozen dangerous bacteria.
This ant is found almost worldwide. It is known to be present in the southern two thirds of Florida, but may exist in all of Florida. Pharaoh ants do not build mounds or carve out galleries in wood. In the home you will find the Pharaoh Ant trailing in cabinets and on counter tops in the kitchen or around toilets, drains, and sinks in the bathroom. They can gnaw their way into packaged food, contaminating it. The Pharaoh Ant will forage for sweets, fats, and proteins which is why sanitation is a key part of the elimination program.
Along with sanitation, the best method of Pharaoh Ant control is a thorough inspection and the placement of dual type baits. (sweet and protein) Spraying chemicals indoors should only be done strategically in cracks and crevices and voids. A good perimeter spraying may help some, or the use of granular baits works well also. If you try to do it yourself you may create a larger problem for yourself. (A colony of pharaoh ants will scatter if a toxic substance disturbs it, creating multiple problems where there had been only one. In controlling pharaoh ants, it is often advisable to seek professional help.)
The Pharaoh Ant is one of the tougher ants to eliminate. At Safari Pest Control we will employ the safest, most effective program to eliminate your infestation. GUARANTEED!
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