Pharaoh Ants – Information, Identification, and Control
The pharaoh ant is a small, light brown, an almost transparent looking ant with a bad reputation for terrorizing the interiors of homes and buildings. For reasons unknown, they are often found infesting hospitals and medical facilities around the United States.
Though origins of this ant species are unknown, they spread through virtually the entire United States and the world. Europe, Austrailia, and Asia all see these ants.
Special Characteristics of Pharaoh Ants
Pharaoh ant colonies are not single-queen colonies. Each colony can contain many queens. This allows one colony to split into many very easily. “Bud colonies” often develop when a single queen leaves the main colony.
Fragmented ant colonies can be very hard to effectively control. Unless they are all completely eradicated, there is a risk of the population regenerating and maintaining control of premises. Just one bud colony is enough for the ants to restart. Similar to the multiheaded hydra in Greek mythology.
Controlling Pharaoh Ant Problems
A specialized baiting program is the best method for taking care of a pharaoh ant problem before it spreads beyond control.Traditional treatments, like liquid insecticides and poisons, don’t work. They can make the problem worse.
The budding (mentioned above) that is seen with these ant colonies can be accelerated with poison is introduced. A single colony can split into 10 or more because each one can have more than one queen that is capable of running its own colony.
Products Available for Pharaoh Ant Control
There are a ton of great products out there for baiting and taking care of pharaoh ants. Some of the ones available to consumers are Dual Choice Ant Stations and Maxforce Professional Ant Stations.
When to contact a professional for pest control
Consumer products can get rid of the problem completely if caught early on and effectively taken care of. Problems can sometimes get to the point where you need to hire a professional to take care of it for you.
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