How Dangerous Are Pharaoh Ants In Maryland?


Relentless is the word of the day here. Pharaoh ants are relentless. The reason it is so important to correctly identify this ant is that you absolutely do not want to waste time on store-bought solutions. These ants multiply so fast, that unless you strike hard and fast, you will be under siege for a long time. Capitol Pest will deploy as soon as we get the call.

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Pharaoh Ant Basics

Pest control experts consider Pharaoh ants the most difficult indoor ant to eradicate. They live nationwide regardless of climate.

  • You can identify these tenacious ants by the following traits;

  • They are extremely small, at about 1/16 of an inch in length.

  • They have light yellow bodies with red and black markings on the abdomen.

  • They are primarily indoor invading.

It is said that the name Pharaoh ant comes from the mistaken belief that this ant was involved in the ancient Egyptian plagues. Even though this is a myth, one could understand the thought process behind it, given the fact that this ant is almost indestructible.

Dangers of Pharaoh Ants

Hospitals consider this pest to be very dangerous. As terrible as it sounds, they will invade burn units and nurseries to crawl onto the patients and babies while they are in their beds. They have even been reported to breach the containment of hermetically sealed DNA laboratories. The problem with this is that the Pharaoh ant carries at least twelve known transmittable diseases like Dysentery, staphylococcus, streptococcus, and salmonella.

Because the Pharaoh ants have a wide range of food preferences, they can find nourishment almost anywhere. They will invade food stores making them unsuitable for human consumption. Once a home has been targeted by these ants, it’s almost impossible to be rid of them. People have been known to sell their homes due to the incessant onslaught of Pharaoh ants

The Pharaoh ant has a brilliant strategy for growth. Once a colony reaches a certain size, the queen and several worker ants split off and form a new colony. This multiplication tactic happens, again and again, making the Pharaoh ant population grow exponentially. In larger colonies, there may be several hundred reproducing females. The growth rate is 38 days from egg to adult.

Prevention Tips

Ant prevention can prove difficult, but with these tips and Capitol Pest's ongoing assistance, you can keep them away. Try the following:

  • Tighten up any leaky pipes and cover with insulation to avoid condensation.

  • Plug up all the holes that you can find in the exterior of your home.

  • Keep food in plastic, airtight containers with seals.

  • Clean up any debris or fallen trees around your home.

  • Use peppermint oil as a deterrent at entry points.

  • Take out garbage frequently.

  • Install door sweeps.

  • Inspect all window screens and repair as needed.

We cannot stress enough that keeping a tidy home will be your best defense. Grease splatter on the stovetop, granules of sugar on the countertop, or crumbs from your late-night snack around your favorite chair. These are all invitations to any pest, but to the Pharaoh ant, it is a signal to invade in force.

Calling In The Big Guns

Pharaoh ants can survive household pest control efforts and establish new colonies at the same time. Once they have targeted your home for invasion, you have little hope of resistance. They act in unison and are focused on their mission. You will have the invasion force of all the colonies storming at once. Capitol Pest is ready to be deployed upon your request. Our experts are the best at what they do. Don’t waste your time and money on DIY methods. Call for a free ant elimination service estimate today.

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