There are many species of sugar ants. Pharaoh ants are among those species seeking out sweet and fatty foods along with any moisture they can find.

These ants can find their way into your home through cracks and crevices in the brick or foundation of your home and through windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed. They don’t have specific area they nest. They will nest just about anywhere. These areas can be in your trash, clothing, and appliances. They have even been found in between sheets of paper just laying around. Because of the inconsistency of their nesting areas, they are often difficult to get rid of.

Due to their small size (1/16” long), it’s often they aren’t noticed until an infestation has occurred.

Homeowners often confuse Pharaoh ants with the common odorous house ant or the thief ant. Pharaoh ants are identified by the light yellow or brown colors of their body instead of other ants that are darker in color or solid black.

Other ants found indoors are more active during the nighttime hours, however Pharaoh ants are actively foraging 24/7.

When found outside, Pharaoh ants don’t need soil to nest. They can be found anywhere that there’s debris or shade. Because they don’t need soil, it makes it easier for them to find their way into buildings, homes, and hospitals.

Pharaoh ants aren’t an aggressive ant but they do spread diseases making it dangerous if they make their way into hospitals. They carry staphylococcus and salmonella.

Ways to keep ants out of your home:

  1. Keep trash and food tightly sealed.
  2. Fix any leaks indoors and out.
  3. Seal cracks and crevices.
  4. Repair any windows and door seals.
  5. Hire a professional.

Routine pest control treatments will not only help with ants but with other insects as well. Contact Safe Earth Pest Control to get started on a preventative plan today. 214-321-2847