Pharaoh Ant Control

Pharaoh AntsThis is another ant species that is very small in size that is approximately .08” of an inch. They have a slight yellowish to a light brown/reddish coloring. The queens are similar in coloring to the workers but are about double in size. Often times the Pharaoh Ant is confused with the Thief Ant because of its similarity in size.

Pharaoh Ant colonies are very invasive because a colony can have multiple queens and nest due to the budding propagation. Specifically, a queen ant will splinter off with a small amount of workers from the primary colony to start a new nest.

Pharaoh Ants will feed on a variety of food sources that may include meats, sweets and greases.

Indoor nesting is typically in very small isolated locations. For example nests can be found in light switches, baseboards, wall cabinets and other small areas. It is very common that nesting sites are moved with elevated frequencies. They can be frequently found nesting in kitchens and bathrooms due to high moisture content.

Similar to other types of ant species, Pharaoh Ants can forage for new food sources 24 hours a day because of the chemical trails that leave while foraging. They often go unnoticed due to their small size and trailing habits.

What do I need to know about Pharaoh Ants as a homeowner in New Jersey?

At times effective control can be very difficult because multiple colonies can consolidate down into smaller colonies and spread out into different areas of a home. Because they tend to nest in wall voids and other isolated places, at times they can go unnoticed for lengths of time until then emerge from a wall outlet or baseboard. Especially with this ant species, home remedies to control or eliminate Pharaoh Ants can cause the infestation to worsen exponentially in short period of time due to incorrect chemicals being used. Precise treatment and the correct type of chemicals are essential to treatment.