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Cursed with Pharaoh Ants? Call Adam’s.

Pharaoh ants are the most persistent and difficult species of ants to manage. The small, amber-colored ants live in very large colonies in internal wall voids and other unreachable spots that are typically difficult to find. And, unlike many other ant species, pharaoh ants do not have mating flights to initiate new colonies. Instead, they spread quickly throughout the entire building by “budding,” the process of one or more queens along with groups of workers migrating to a new location.

If you think you may have pharaoh ants, call Adam’s right away. Many DIY ant control techniques can trigger the budding process, creating an even more serious infestation.

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Pharaoh Ants Treatment Options

One-time Ant Treatment

Adam’s licensed pest management professional will apply a non-repellent material to the foundation, doors, windows, eaves and overhangs to create a residual barrier around the exterior perimeter of your home; and will spot treat interior areas, as needed. Adam’s one-time ant treatment comes with a 3-month warranty.

Premier Ant Prevention

Never have ants again. Not only will Adam’s take care of your immediate ant problem, but we will proactively prevent ants from ever becoming a problem again. Most of our ant control customers prefer our onling 2x Premier Ant Prevention Service, which comes with a year-round guarantee.

Premier Perimeter

Need to prevent more pests than just ants? Adam’s Premier Perimeter Program includes a minimum of 3 preventive barrier treatments around the exterior perimeter of your home for year-round prevention of common household bugs, including insects, spiders, and ants. Your Pest Management Professional inspects for pests, and then applies a season-specific, non-repellent, residual material to control common household pests before they can get inside. Comes with a 12-month guarantee.

Premier Home Pest Prevention

Adam’s best value for prevention and control of common household pests, including ants! Adam’s Premier Home Pest Prevention service provides year-round prevention of pests with a minimum of four visits throughout the year. Service visits focus on the exterior of your home, where most pest problems originate. And should a pest problem ever occur between scheduled visits, the plan includes additional treatments at no additional charge. This program includes common household pests like spiders, centipedes, sow bugs, and roaches and seasonal pests like wasps, multicolored Asian lady beetles, boxelder bugs, and mice, as well as ants.

More About Pharaoh Ants

What do Pharaoh Ants look like?

  • Pharaoh ants are 1/16” in length.
  • Yellow or honey-colored to orange.
  • Petiole with two nodes.
  • Thorax uneven in shape when viewed from the side with no spines.
  • 12-segmented antennae with 3-segmented club.
  • Workers are the same size.

Are Pharaoh Ants dangerous?

  • Yes. In homes they contaminate food and introduce serious diseases to you and your family.
  • Pharaoh ants are thought to spread more than a dozen disease pathogens to humans, such as Salmonella spp., Staphylococcus spp., and Streptococcus spp.
  • Additionally, pharaoh ants are of particular importance in hospitals and nursing homes where they may enter wounds, enter IV bottles, infest sterile supplies, and seek moisture from sleeping patients.

Why are Pharaoh Ants in my house?

  • Pharaoh ants often choose to live inside homes and buildings because they find food sources.
  • In our northern climate, pharaoh ants seek the constant source of artificial heat to survive throughout the entire year.

What do Pharaoh Ants eat?

  • Pharaoh ants can survive on a variety of food materials.
  • They are an omnivore pest capable of feeding on fat, simple proteins, and sweet-based food materials, carbohydrates, and insects (living and dead).
  • Pharaoh ants’ diet may include syrups, jellies, cakes, fruit pies, greases, shoe polish, sponges, in addition to dead insects and animals.
  • Historically, mint apple jelly and egg yolks have been used successfully as baits for pharaoh ants.

What is the lifecycle of Pharaoh Ants?

  • A pharaoh ant colony consists of queens, males, workers, and immature stages (eggs, larvae, pre-pupae, and pupae)
  • Queens usually live for 12 months and lay about 400 eggs in 10 to 12 batches.
  • Eggs hatch in five to seven days.
  • The larval stage lasts 18-19 days; while adults emerge from pupae in 2-4 weeks.
  • Depending on the temperature and relative humidity conditions, the developmental period from eggs to adults takes about 38 days for workers and 45 days for males and queens.
  • Worker ants live for 9-10 weeks.
  • Males normally die within three to five weeks after mating.

What makes Pharaoh Ants resilient and hard to manage?

  • Pharaoh ants have a large colony size and multiple queens. A colony size could reach up to 300,000 workers with multiple queens (from 2 to over 200 queens/colony).
  • Pharaoh ant colonies readily split up when disturbed, creating a bigger infestation.
  • In this behavior pattern, part of the colony migrates to a new location rather than by a single female dispersing after a reproductive swarm.
  • In northern states, pharaoh ants nest in various indoor habitats. Their nests are typically found in difficult-to-reach places, such as interior wall voids.

What else should i know about Pharaoh Ants?

  • Pharaoh ants are mainly active at night, but can also be found during the day.
  • The pharaoh ant foragers establish out-of-the-way trails between their nests and food or water sources. These trails are often located in the ceiling voids, behind baseboards, cabinets, and walls.
  • When needed, pharaoh ant workers can forage up to 147 feet from their nest.
  • When temperatures are favorable, workers of indoor pharaoh ant colonies may forage outdoors searching for food and water.
  • Pharaoh ants move along wires and pipes in the walls throughout the structure. Occasionally, they are seen entering a room through electrical outlets and switches.
  • Only 5% to 10% of the total pharaoh ant workers in a colony forage for food and water at a time.
  • If the new colonies are located near the initial colony, they will be connected for a while and share food and other resources. But if they are located a considerable distance from the initial colony, they will become separate colonies and act aggressively toward each other.

4 interesting facts about Pharaoh Ants?

  • Pharaoh ants got their name from the false idea that they were one of the plagues of Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs.
  • Despite their names, pharaoh ants are native to tropical areas in West Africa, but currently pharaoh ants are widely spread throughout the world.
  • Pharaoh ants do not build mounds or tunnel wood; instead, they nest in any dark void in a structure.
  • Many people mistakenly refer to pharaoh ants as “sugar ants”. However, the real sugar ants are found in Australia.