Pharaoh Ant - Casner Exterminating
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Pharaoh Ant

December 8, 2014

Family Structure

  • Queens: As many as 200 per Colony
  • Workers: One colony can have as many as one to two thousand
  • Because of the density of their nests, it looks like they live in huge colonies
  • Live well with other neighboring insect colonies
  • Usually produce new reproductive individuals twice a year; however, laboratory colonies have produced reproductives whenever they wanted.

Diet

  • Feed: Pretty much everything – sugars, baked goods, fruits, greases, other insects – even shoe polish.

Characteristics

  • Pests will chew holes in anything made of rayon, silk or rubber.
  • Colonies multiply by sending a team of queens, workers, eggs, larvae and pupae to another nest to begin a new colony
  • Budding is why Pharaoh ants are so invasive. One seed colony can take over a large office block in less than six months.
  • Control of these pests is difficult because the multiple colonies can separate into smaller colonies to survive a baiting program; then they repopulate after the bait is gone.
  • Major hazard in hospitals: because they are so small, they can invade wounds, drip lines, and instruments, leading to the spread of infection

Pharaoh ants are a very critical problem in hospitals, rest homes, apartment dwellings, hotels, grocery stores, food establishments and other buildings.

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Contact us for help with a problem with Pharaoh Ants. You may also call either our Central Coast office or our Ventura County office.

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