Monomorium Pharaonis
 
Pharaoh Ant
 
Pharaoh Ant

Characteristics
Size: Very small, about 1/8-inch in length and may easily be confused with several other types of
pest ants.
Color: Yellow.

Viewed under magnification, the antennae of the pharaoh ant have 10 total segments and end
in a three-segmented antennal club.

Behavior
This pest ant can be very difficult to control and eliminate. When foraging worker ants are killed
by residual treatments, the colony will fracture or split into two or more colonies to ensure part of
the colony survives. If such treatments are continued, the infestation is spread throughout the
building. Pharaoh ants typically establish themselves in areas near moisture, such as the
kitchen or bathroom. They travel from room to room within the walls via plumbing pipes and
electrical wires.

Habitat
Pharaoh ants will nest in virtually any site that provides protection. Colonies have been found
nesting in walls, furniture and appliances, but they have also been discovered in unique
locations such as between the folds of sheets in closets, hollow curtain rods, inside irons, in
small boxes and under roofing shingles. They are extremely opportunistic in their selection of
nesting sites.

Tips for Control  
Pharaoh ants can only be controlled by effective placement of ant baits. The type of bait that is
ultimately successful is one on which the colony or colonies involved will feed for an extended
period of time. The foraging workers return the bait to the colony, feeding it to other workers,
larvae and queens.
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