YOUR PROPERTY FREE OF PHARAOH ANTS WITH AKL EXTERMINATOR
Pharaoh ants are one of the most difficult ant species to control because of their unique infestation habits. In fact, many insecticides are useless, and others can cause new invasions of colonies of these tiny invaders.
Colonies of these ants can go unnoticed, and when you least expect it, your home, office or commercial premises can be exposed to attack by these insects. In addition, these ants can cause serious problems, ranging from damaging your property to endangering your health.
These insects pose a significant threat because they can damage your electrical wiring as well as your property. And while they don’t bite like other species, they can bring with them various diseases that they can transmit by contaminating your food.
These ants are a common headache for commercial property owners, as they can easily get into pantries. Not to mention hospitals dealing with these invaders, as they can contaminate or ruin medical equipment and sterile rooms.
These insects are difficult to control indoors, and if you notice any signs of infestation, you should immediately call a pest control company like us. At AKL Exterminator, we have the experience to get rid of these pernicious ants.
And if you want to know more about these pests, you’ve come to the right place! So let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Pharaoh ant behavior, habits, infestation patterns, and control measures.
At AKL Exterminator, our priority is to control all insects and rodents to give you and your loved ones back your well-being and peace of mind!
TECHNICAL SHEET OF THE PHARAOH ANT
The pharaoh ant is a very small species of ant, measuring only 2 mm. This insect is characterized by its color, which can be yellow or light brown. They can sometimes have red or black markings on their abdomen. A curious fact is that its origin is unknown.
This species is distinguished by the fact that it does not bite, but by its incredible ability to spread dispersed. This makes it one of the most difficult pests to eradicate from property interiors, and if the wrong method is used, the problem can get worse.
WHERE ARE PHARAOH ANTS FOUND?
Pharaoh ants can live anywhere, in both tropical and temperate regions. They can acclimate easily and easily get used to a specific property, surviving indoors for long periods of time.
You can find them around your kitchen or bathroom, and even in electrical wiring and pipes. They can also take up residence in bedrooms, spaces between walls and furniture, and even in stacked clothing. As long as there is food and water, these ants will stay and multiply.
HOW DO PHARAOH ANTS GET INTO A PROPERTY?
Like other species, these ants invade a property in search of food, moisture, and shelter to reproduce. Because of their size, they can squeeze into any gaps, cracks, crevices, crevices and any poorly sealed spaces between walls, foundations, windows or pipes.
These insects are attracted to crumbs, spills, outdoor food and moisture. Their targets are pantries or storage areas to obtain a variety of foods. Once inside, these ants will multiply and build their multiple colonies, establishing themselves in particular networks.
THE DIET OF PHARAOH ANTS
Pharaoh ants are omnivorous. They can technically eat anything that is available on your property. Their favorite foods are very sweet, fatty or oily foods, and they can even be cannibalistic with other insects.
Even worse, once Pharaoh Ants have found a food source, they leave a chemical trail that other ants and colonies can follow and find. They can also chew through silk and rubber products.
LIFE CYCLE AND REPRODUCTION OF PHARAOH ANTS
Female pharaoh ants can live from 4 to 12 months, while worker ants live about 3 months. This species differs from other ants in that it has several queens capable of creating new colonies or moving them. The maturity of the ants is reached about 38 days after laying.
Queens can lay hundreds of eggs, now imagine different queens! Terrific! These eggs hatch into larvae, then become pupae and finally mature to reproduce continuously throughout the year. Temperature and humidity are also factors that affect their spread.
Pharaoh ants are very difficult to eradicate completely because of their particular mode of propagation. This species is polygynous, meaning that its colonies have different queens and there is no hostility between them. You can visualize this as if each colony were a municipality of ants in a large city.
These insects accomplish this curious feat by budding or splitting. But what is this? It is a form of infestation where groups of worker ants with a queen migrate from the main colony to establish new colonies and reproduce, founding alternative nesting sites
These satellite nests containing several queens and eggs remain in contact with the main colony. And in this network of colonies, up to 300,000 ants can exist! That’s scary, isn’t it? This species is able to maintain a dense population.
The problem with this model is that this pest infestation can quickly get out of control because there are multiple colonies. If a colony is attacked, it can migrate and fragment into other colonies, increasing the population density of these insects with more outbreaks and eggs.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A PHARAOH ANT INFESTATION?
Unlike other species, pharaoh ants do not have visible nests and it can be difficult to detect their presence because they breed in colonies. You won’t see swarms or clumps of dirt, as their nests are well hidden and located in areas isolated from food sources.
The clearest sign will be when you see yellow worker ants coming and going with food from the surface. You can follow their trail to find their constantly moving colonies.
HOW TO EXTERMINATE PHARAOH ANTS?
Eliminating and controlling this pest is particularly difficult, as the entire network of colonies and nesting buds must be exterminated. In addition, their colonies can be very small, making them more difficult to detect.
That’s why AKL Exterminator gives you some helpful countermeasures and recommendations here to gently get rid of a pharaoh ant infestation.
DO NOT USE INSECTICIDES OR SPRAYS
First and foremost, do not try to exterminate colonies with insecticide sprays or powders, as this will cause the ants to disperse and form new colonies. It is important that you keep an eye on the nests and make sure that these insects do not cause new outbreaks.
USE BAITS AND INSECT GROWTH REGULATORS (IGR).
One of the most effective methods of exterminating these insects is to use attractive baits with IGRs. The active ingredients will attract the ants and carry the poisoned bait to wipe out the colonies and prevent the queens from reproducing within a few days.
Baits are available at specialty stores or from insecticide distributors. However, if the infestation is severe, bait alone will not work, so you will need to call in a qualified pest control company like us, AKL Exterminator.
HOW TO PREVENT THE APPEARANCE OF PHARAOH ANTS?
- To avoid future headaches from these little invaders, here are some tips to keep pharaoh ants away:
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Clean up and collect all crumbs and food scraps.
- Seal cracks and crevices that may be potential entrances for ants.
- Repair your property’s plumbing, fixing faucets and leaks.
- Tidy up and rearrange your property often.
- Don’t leave food exposed on your property outside, such as in gardens.