How to Get Rid of Pharaoh Ants – Do-It-Yourself Pest Control


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on October 20th, 2019

Pharaoh Ants are small, about 1/16-inch long. They colored light yellow to red, with black markings on the abdomen. Pharoah Ants look similar to Thief Ants, but Pharoah Ants have three segments in the antennal club. Since they are so tiny, they can travel and trail to many places.

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These are very tiny ants. May be found both inside and outside.

Pharoah Ants will feed a wide range of foods; they feed on proteins, sweets and fats. They can feed on both dead and live insects. If choosing baits, consider their complete dietary needs, sweets, proteins and grease based baits. Below is our recommended baits for protein/grease and sugar needs.

Pharaoh Ants grow from egg to adult in about 45 days. The queens live as long as 39 weeks and can lay about 400 eggs. Workers only live up to 10 weeks.

Pharaoh Ants, being tiny, can be found in diverse places. Inside, they like to nest in warm areas. Their nests are usually well hidden, and the can forage far away from the nest with trails marked by trail pheromones. Pharoah Ants can be persistent, with large colonies. Indoors they prefer to nest in recessed areas like wall voids, under some appliances, in wall outlets, and under carpets for protection. If their colonies are disturbed or the colony becomes too large, they may move.

Pharoah Ants are commonly found inside homes in the warmer climates of southern United States, but found thoughout United States. They may be found in homes, grocery stores, hospitals, apartments, hotels, etc.

Unless you use a non-repellent spray, baiting is the preferred treatment over typical residual spraying. Baiting is the most reliable way to eliminate the entire colony. When choosing ant baits, it is best to choose from both the sugar-based baits and protein/grease-based baits. Pharoah Ants may be very persistent and suddenly appear in various places. When placing out the recommended sugar/protein baits, consider the likelihood of the ants changing locations. Pharoah Ants are mainly a problem inside, so the recommended baits below are for inside use.

If using a spray, choose a non-repellent type unless you are treating the nest itself.

When in doubt of which one to choose, choose one from each category. We have combined the top bait products in the Advion Ant Bait Kit .

Advion Ant Bait Kit--Combines both Advion Ant Bait Arena and Advion Ant Bait Gel for greater savings.

Non-Repellent insecticides are best for ants and termites, because these insects can not detect it and will not try to escape the insecticide. Non-repellent insecticides can't be smelled, tasted, or even felt by Pavement Ants.

Another advantage for using a non repellent insecticide such as Taurus, Alpine or Phantom for Pharaoh Ant Control, is that you can use ant baits near it. Repellent insecticides do not combine well with insect baits, because they contaminate the lures inside the baits; that is not the case with non-repellents.

Non Repellent Ant Kit combines Taurus SC and Phantom Aerosol for greater savings. A complete kit to spray both inside and outside for Pharoah Ant Control.

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How to Get Rid of Pharaoh Ants - Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

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