Pharaoh ants can only be effectively controlled through a comprehensive baiting program. Treatment with liquid insecticides actually makes the infestation worse by causing the ants to “bud” or “split” into several smaller satellite colonies. There are many excellent baits on the market for pharaoh ant control. The more successful baits such as Dual Choice Ant Stations and Maxforce Professional Ant Stations contain special attractants. They also contain a slow acting poison that gives the worker ants time to get back to the colony and feed them. Again, it must be emphasized that spraying makes pharaoh ants worse. In areas where Pharaoh ants do not respond to baits, Pharorid Ant Growth Regulator may be the answer. Pharorid contains “Methoprene”, an ant growth regulator. Using growth regulators for ants will result in sterilization of the queens and ultimately elimination of the nest.
Another indoor alternative for Pharoah ants is the application of Phantom Insecticide. Phantom Insecticide is an odorless, non-repelling spray that kills ants within a few weeks of application. Phantom works by entering the ants nervous system through grooming and food sharing and then systematically kills the ants through a degeneration process. Phantom is very effective at controlling most hard to kill species of ants.