Pharaoh Ant

Pharaoh Ant Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

Side view of a pharaoh ant under a microscope
Monomorium pharaonis
How To Identify a Pharaoh Ant

Pharaoh ants are about 1/16 of an inch to 1/12 of an inch in length. They have two nodes (bumps between the middle and rear body sections). Pharaoh workers are all one size. They have a 12-segmented antennae with a 3-segmented club. Their color is a golden yellow to red with darker markings down the back. 

Where Do They Come From

Pharaoh ants can be found in a wide variety of secluded places in cracks and crevices such as: countertops, baseboards, wall voids, and under floors.

They prefer a warm and humid environment like near furnaces, hot water pipes or heating ducts. They also can travel along pipes and wiring.

They are more likely to nest indoors than other ants. They also can have very large colonies and can have multiple queens in one colony. 

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Where Do They Live

Crack/crevice, warmth, humidity, kitchens, bathrooms

 

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Name:

Monomorium pharaonis

Size:

2 mm

Diet:

Sweets, protein, oil, seeds, insects

Tips & Tricks

Top view of a pharaoh ant under a microscope

How To Keep Ants Away

  • Trim back any shrubs or trees that come into contact with buildings. When plants touch a home or building they create an easy way for ants to crawl onto and access the building.
  • Seal all potential ant entryways. Common entry ways are around windows, doors, and utility lines.
  • Keep dry pet food in sealed bins and clean up any spills.

 

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Side view of a pharaoh ant under a microscope

How To Get Rid Of Ants

  • Try to locate and destroy all nests by following ant trails from food source to the nest.
  • Use an insecticidal bait, especially during winter through early spring with populations are small.
  • Controlling these ants is hard, so consider hiring a pest management professional to help.

 

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How Thorn Can Help

Ants can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We use a two treatment plan to gain control of your ant problem.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to ant control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the ants, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.

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First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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