What Every Centerton Property Owner Needs To Know About Pharaoh Ants

12/15/2020


pharaoh ants crawling on kitchen counter

What Are Pharaoh Ants?

Pharaoh ants are small ants, and unlike many of the other common ants in Centerton, these ants are light in color. They are almost transparent, with a yellow or light brown coloration. 

No one really knows how the pharaoh ant made its way into the United States. However, all that matters is how they've been inconveniencing Centerton locals for years. They're particularly prevalent in hospitals, but also end up in homes and other locations.

Are Pharaoh Ants Dangerous?

Although pharaoh ants don't have a painful bite, they can be dangerous. They have the ability to spread harmful pathogens throughout your home. When these ants are around, everyone in your home is at risk. When they're in homes, pharaoh ants often contaminate food sources, and in hospitals, pharaoh ants can potentially infect wounds. Because people in hospitals have compromised immune systems, they are vulnerable to disease.

Why Are They So Hard To Get Rid Of?

Perhaps the biggest issue with pharaoh ants is their abundance. When pharaoh ants enter your home, they don't only form one colony; they often create multiple colonies in one structure. While other ant species attack nearby colonies, pharaoh ants live in peace. They can create new nests without the presence of a queen. For this reason, it's almost impossible to eliminate all pharaoh ants from your property.

Pharaoh Ant Prevention Tips

If you don't want pharaoh ants around, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep them away. Pharaoh ant prevention can be as simple as doing all of the following:

1. Fix Gaps Under Doors And Around Windows

Because pharaoh ants are so tiny, they have the ability to enter buildings through small openings. You can keep them out by sealing up gaps under your doors with door sweeps and using caulk to seal the space around your windows. 

2. Check Your Screens

A hole in your screen is one way for ants to enter your home. Use a screen repair kit from a local hardware store to seal up any holes in your screen.

3. Store Your Food And Trash Carefully

If there's open food or garbage in your home, you could attract ants. They'll enjoy eating your leftovers, getting into your pantry foods, and finding scraps in the garbage. If you don’t store your food or your garbage properly, you can attract ants. For effective ant prevention, store your food in plastic or glass containers with airtight lids. Store your trash in cans with lids. 

4. Clean Your Home

To keep ants out of your home or business, you need to keep your property clean. Sweep, vacuum, and mop your floors on a regular basis. Every few months, do a deep clean of your home. Move large appliances and clean behind them, be sure to remove all of the crumbs. Typically, the area behind refrigerators and ovens accumulates crumbs. By doing a deep clean of these and other areas, you take away food sources for pharaoh ants. 

5. Hire A Professional

If you're experiencing a pharaoh ant infestation, don't waste your time and money trying to get rid of it on your own. DIY solutions can help to deter pharaoh ants, but not to eliminate an infestation. You need a professional who has the experience and resources to prevent and eliminate ants. Contact the professionals at Alder Pest Control right away. 




 

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