Body usually pale, varying from yellowish to reddish with abdomen often darker to black
Monomorphic with segmented body
1.5 mm – 2.0 mm long
Pharoah ants are attracted to sweet, greasy, and high protein foods such as such as insects, meats, seeds, greases, syrups, fruit juices, honey, jelly, cakes, pies, blood products, and other bodily fluids. Colonies consists of thousand of members. The colony will migrate to a new location if disturbed. They prefer warmer and humid conditions.
Pharoah ant nests are rarely found, but they are known to be in gardens, walkways, old trash, under floors, between walls, above ceiling, baseboards, near furnaces, heat ducts, and hot water pipes. In warmer climates, they will forage both indoors and outdoors. In colder weather conditions, they are likely only indoors. In the occurance of stress to the colony, they will diversify and scatter to other locations and begin sub-colonies in the structure. This process is called budding. Mating occurs in the nest.
Pharoah ants are a threat to humans even though they do not bite. Because they forage for dead insects, rats, and rodents outside, when they enter your home, they may carry disease-inducing organisms such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and clostridium which may cause botulism. This insect is also a large threat in medical facilities because they infect people and the affects can be detrimental. Burn units and premature babies are the most sensitive to these swarms because they can swarm all over patients wounds and feed on the skin. Many additional disease can be transmitted in this environment including the flesh-eating bacteria.
Pharoah Ant Prevention
If you suspect a pharoah ant infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of pharoah ants. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.