Pharaoh ants have a pale yellow to reddish body, and black shading on the top and rear portion of their abdomen. They have a stinger.
Range from 1/16-inch to 1/12-inch in length.
Pharaoh ants feed on sweets and dead insects. They forage in strong, tightly linked trails. They have multiple queens and multiple nesting locations.
In sub-tropical areas Pharaoh ants readily nest outside in leaf debris found on or near structures. Once inside your home, they can nest in wall voids, cabinets, boxes of food, and any other accessible crevices and spaces. Re-invasion of the structure can occur throughout warm parts of the year.
Their colonies have multiple queens and can split into smaller groups, spreading very rapidly. They are also known to invade sick rooms and feed on blood plasma and wound dressings.
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