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Pharaoh Ants

Active Seasons

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

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

The best sign are the small amber-colored workers as they forage along surfaces.

Tips for Prevention

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.

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