Pharaoh Ant

Pharaoh workers are about 1/16-inch, or 2.0 millimeters, in length. They are light yellow to reddish brown in color with a darker abdomen. Pharaoh ant workers have a non-functional stinger used to generate pheromones.


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Pest Description

Pharaoh Ants Description

Pharaoh ants can be found in hotels, large apartment buildings and groceries. Colonies are populous and usually established in inaccessible places in buildings. Pharaoh ants eat many household foods and also damage silk, rayon, rubber goods and insect collections. The Pharaoh ants breed continuously throughout the year usually in heated buildings and mating takes place in the nest. Mature colonies of this species contain several queens, workers, winged males, eggs, larvae, pre-pupae and pupae. The way Pharaoh Ants communicate is by using chemicals called (pheromones) they can alert other ants where food and also if danger is coming.

Pharaoh Ant Habitat

Pharaoh ants are not known to be picky when it comes to finding a spot to nest in. They do prefer being indoors, especially in commercial buildings with artificial heating. For this reason they are commonly found in establishments with food, such as hotels, grocery stores, and hospitals. They can often be found in wall voids, behind baseboards, and under floorboards. If they are outdoors, they are typically found in shaded areas.

Pharaoh Ant Behavior

Pharaoh ant colonies can grow rapidly, especially when they go unnoticed. One of the biggest threats of pharaoh ants is the fact that they are able to spread disease and contaminate anything they touch, which makes their presence especially troubling in hospitals and food service industries. Two of the disease pathogens they’ve been known to carry are salmonella and Streptococcus pyogenes. For this reason and more, it’s imperative to prevent these ants from infesting buildings.


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