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Effective Pharaoh Ant Control

Most ant species typically build their nests outdoors, and only venture into the home in search of food and water. But that’s not the case with Pharaoh ants.

Also known as Sugar Ants, pesky Pharaoh ants tend to nest almost anywhere, but prefer to nest very close to where there’s an abundance of warmth, and sources of food and water. So the key to effective Pharaoh ant control is understanding the nesting and migration patterns of this annoying creature.

Pharaoh ants are one of the most common ant pests in North America, found in every one of the forty-eight contiguous United States. They’re small, approximately 1/16 inches long, and are generally yellow, light brown or red in color. The tip of their abdomen is frequently darker than the rest of their bodies.

Pharaoh ants prefer nesting in heated structures. In fact, they will nest anywhere with sufficient warmth and humidity, which often means inaccessible areas such as inside kitchen walls or behind baseboards. In addition, nests often have multiple queens that breed quickly and will frequently break from the original nest and build an entirely new colony somewhere else in the house.

Because of the Pharaoh ants’ prolific spawning abilities and their propensity to quickly migrate to other areas, effective Pharaoh ant control is impossible for spray insecticides. Sprays can’t reach deep into the nest where the queen lives. In fact, sprays can make matters worse by disturbing ants enough that they move and build new colonies as they seek to avoid spray chemicals. However, it’s for this exact reason that makes Combat Baits and Gel so effective at Pharaoh ant control.

Pharaoh Ants are most attracted to sweets, fats, and proteins. Combat combines a time-delayed lethal poison formulated with a sugary, carbohydrate-rich attractant that Pharaoh ants can’t resist. The brief delay gives foraging ants the time necessary to unwittingly transport the deadly poison of Combat back to the nest where it’s shared with other ants, including the queens.

In a matter of weeks, Combat’s domino-like effect decimates the entire ant infestation at their source and continues to deliver sustained Pharaoh ant control.

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 strategy will fail. Pharaoh ants tend to follow along trials at the edges of door moldings and baseboards, and underneath carpet edges. These are the pheromone trails left by scout ants.

Other effective bait placement locations include corners where two walls meet, along the edges of door moldings and baseboards, and in the corners of windowsills, especially those areas where ant trails were detected. Baits placed in the middle of walls or floors are not effective.

In hard to reach areas or in places where bait traps simply aren’t suitable, use Combat Ant Killing Gel. It’s ideal for filling in cracks and crevices, and other very small openings where ants might enter the home.
For more and information, visit our prevention tips page or view our “5 Ways to Outsmart Ants” video to keep ants from bugging you. In addition, please visit the Combat video archive to learn more about the difference between Combat Baits and Gel, to decide which is the best solution for total Pharaoh ant control.