Pharaoh ants get their name from the belief that they were one of the plagues of Egypt during the time of pharaohs. Originally from Africa, pharaoh ants are an invasive species in the United States. Pharaoh ants are yellow in color and 1 to 2 millimeters in length. These ants eat insects and honeydew. They are also often confused with thief ants.
Why Do I Have Them?
Pharaoh ants will nest anywhere that provides food, moisture, and protection. They are commonly found in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. Pharaoh ants are a big issue for grocery stores, hotels, and hospitals. Invading homes through foundation cracks, electrical lines, and door frames, these ants are usually found in damp areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Pharaoh ants are highly problematic when they invade your home and property. When foraging for food, these ants will contaminate food products. They are known to carry salmonella, which is a serious health problem when they invade grocery stores and hospitals. Pharaoh ants use electrical wires to travel within buildings, which can cause electrical shortages.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Pharaoh Ants?
Getting rid of pharaoh ants can be difficult because of their large colonies and nesting habits. Proper food storage and trimming back vegetation around your home will help prevent pharaoh ants. If ants have already invaded your home, the most effective way to get rid of an ant infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services that will get rid of your ant problem.