Pharaoh ants are small in size, but are a huge nuisance in homes, hospitals, rest homes, apartments, hotels, grocery stores, food establishments, and more. They can quickly spread throughout a structure and feed on almost anything and nest almost anywhere. This makes them difficult to control, but we can help you understand exactly how to get rid of pharaoh ants and we have professional grade sugar ant killer to get the job done right.
If you don't think you have Pharaoh ants, see our ant control page for help identifying the ant you are dealing with.
The Pharaoh Ant is found throughout the United States but is most heavily concentrated in the southern half. These ants can damage silk, rayon, and rubber goods, but the main issue with these ants is when they infest hospitals and other care facilities. These ants have been found in wounds, IV solutions, sealed sterile packaging, water in flower displays, and more, and can contaminate sterile materials and transmit diseases.
This is not a simple case of spraying a product or setting up a bait station and calling it a day. Pharaoh ants take time and commitment to control, but it is totally possible for you to treat your pharaoh ant infestation yourself. It is important to know where to look for these ants, what to look for, how to prevent infestations, and which products to use and how to use them.
Improper treatment of the pharaoh ant can cause the infestation to worsen. This type of ant can quickly spread throughout a structure by “budding,” which is when a group of ants breaks off from the main colony to form a smaller, separate colony. Using the wrong product, like a repellent spray, can cause the colony to scatter in to many sub colonies, which can quickly move throughout the structure, leaving you to have to locate and eradicate each one in order to totally get rid of the pharaoh ants.
Important Things to Know About Pharaoh Ant Control:
Step 1) Inspection: Locate Ant Trails
Locating ant trails and nests is a critical part of pharaoh ant control, but can be difficult if you aren’t sure where to look, or what to look for.
Locating pharaoh ant trails is essential to proper placement of baits for total elimination. If baits are placed randomly, the pharaoh ants may not encounter them at all and the baiting program will fail. Pharaoh ants tend to trail along the edges of door moldings and baseboards, and underneath carpet edges. If trails are not readily available, the following honey & peanut butter bait method will encourage trail formation:
1) Place a large dab of honey and a dab of peanut butter side by side on a flat note card or piece of tin foil.
2) Place the card or foil in a corner on the floor close to where you notice the greatest ant activity - typically in the corners where two walls meet, on window sills, and near door frames.
3) Place as many cards as needed, in every place where activity in noticed or suspected.
Within about two hours, the ants will locate the food source and form a steady trail of workers to and from the colony. The cards that receive the most attention will indicate where toxic baits should be placed for the greatest success, since odor trails will already have been placed to those locations. Cards that receive little (2 to 3 ants) or no acceptance should be removed.
Step 2) Bait Placement
Pharaoh Ant baits should be placed systematically and strategically for the greatest success. Effective bait placement locations include: in corners where two walls meet, along the edges of door moldings and baseboards, and in the corners of windowsills, and those areas where bait cards (see step 1) received the greatest attention. Baits placed in the middle of walls are floors are not effective.
We recommend using ant baits indoors, mindful of offering these ants two different types of “food” in the baits. Pharaoh ants prefer greasy, fatty foods like peanut butter or shortening, but also eat carbohydrates and sugar foods, like honey or even bread. There are multiple types of baits available for mixing with the toxic component of a bait system.
•Maxforce Ant Bait Stations - Maxforce Ant Bait Stations start to kill ants in just six hours, and tests show 90% population reductions in just four days.
•Advance 360A Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations - Offers both a sweet and protein-based bait, an ideal combination for Pharaoh Ants that tend to switch food preferences.
•Advance Liquid Ant Bait- A balanced formulation of sugar and water that ants need and desire. The bait will kill the entire colony.
When large numbers of Pharaoh Ants are visible on the exterior of the building, we recommend the use of Maxforce Granular Ant Bait for exterior control.
Step 3) Monitor & Refresh Baits as needed
Every effective baiting program requires frequent monitoring throughout the weeks that follow initial bait placement. The following steps will help you to effectively monitor your baits and to keep them fresh as needed.