Appearance and Size Facts
- Pharaoh ants have a pale yellow to reddish body
- Black shading on the top and rear portion of their abdomen
- They possess a stinger which is excreted, but is rarely, if ever, used
- Size: Range from 1/16 inch to 1/12 inch in length
- Visible in tight-linked trails
Behavior and Habitat of Pharaoh Ants
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.
Signs of Infestation of Pharaoh Ants
The best sign are the small amber-colored workers as they forage along surfaces.
Tips for Prevention of Pharaoh Ants
Keep food items secured and pet food off of the floors. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed 2 foot from the home. Caulk any visible cracks around windows and doors.
Pharaoh Ant Gallery
Latest Pest Control News
Unfortunately, termites are a common problem for homeowners in South Florida. The warm, moist environment creates a safe-haven of sorts for the pests. Termite infestation is among homeowners’ worst fears. Not only do termites put the structure of your home in danger once they have eaten deep...Read More ›
We know that weather and seasonal changes affect human behavior and outside activities, so it’s no big surprise that heat and cold, along with dry and wet conditions also affect pest populations. While seasonal changes can be subtle in the South Florida; these changes can send pests looking...Read More ›
Even though many bugs are active year-round in South Florida's mild, humid climate, but in the summer months…it's full-on bug time. The usual suspects, such as cockroaches, palmetto bugs, ants, termites, mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and spiders just love trying to ruin your summer plans. While you...Read More ›