Pharaoh ants are common pests throughout Texas and especially around the greater Austin area. One thing that separates pharaoh ants from other ant species is the massive size of the colony. Pharaoh ant colonies tend to have many queens and they branch off by building sub colonies. When an infestation begins in a building it needs to be handled immediately. Waiting too long makes it extremely difficult to eradicate the ants from your home or business.
Pharaoh Ants are Small
These are small ants generally less than 2 millimeters in length. They make up for their small stature by growing colonies that can surpass 100,000 or more ants. When the colony begins to become to large to be sustainable, they begin to build a second colony and eventually a third, fourth and fifth. This is the primary reason why it is so difficult to exterminate pharaoh ant colonies.
With so many queens, pharaoh ants mate many times during the year. They are interested in growing large colonies. Queens tend to work together to create sustainable colonies though they will split into sub colonies to branch out and find more resources.
Tiny as these little ants are, they fit perfectly into homes, businesses, and even hospitals. Their small size means that they can forage almost unnoticed and the colony itself my go unnoticed until it reaches pandemic proportions.
Controlling Pharaoh Ants
Spray pesticides tend to work only on foraging ants. It is also known to increase the splitting of colonies. The best approach is with specialized baits that deal with the colony at its source. If your building has an ant control issue, reach out to our professionals. We offer a free consultation and can identify ant species which helps to determine the best way to stop the infestation.
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