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What does it look like?

The Pharaon Ant is very tiny. It is so small that it looks like a grain of sand. It is hard to recognize it without a 10x magnifying lens. It is 1-1.8 mm long. The head, thorax and abdomen are light yellow. The Pharaon Ant has a flat shape.

The pharaon queen ant is light brown and measures 2-3 mm long. There is a little bulge at the extremities of the antennae.

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Does the Pharaon Ant represent a risk for me or my belongings?

The Pharaon Ant does not attack material. The paharon ant is not a direct threat to humans. The Pharaon Ant is unable to sting nor bite human skin. Nevertheless, the Pharaon Ant is a serious concern for human health. It carries diseases such as salmonella, streptococcus, clostridium. The Pharaon Ant can contaminate surfaces and food.

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Why do I have Pharaon Ants? What are the signs indicating its presence?

The Pharaon Ant is a cosmopolitan ant that originates from India. This ant does not tolerate freezing. In Canada, the Pharaon Ant lives only in heated buildings. The Pharaon Ants are most active in June and July. They favor hot and humid conditions (27-30 C, 80% humidity).

The Pharaon Ant establishes itself in the isolation of the fridge, under heated ceramics, in electrical wall plugs, etc. The Pharaon Ant loves sweet food, fat and meat. It will also feed on other insects. The Pharaon Ant travels in boxes, bulk pet food bags, flower pots, furniture, clothing, etc. In a building, it travels through cables and hot water or heating pipes.

The most obvious sign of its presence is noticing a line made of miniature yellow moving dots. The Pharaon Ants can be observed along a kitchen counter, the sink, around a jam jar, along the baseboards, etc.

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What should I do if I have Pharaon Ants?

The Pharaon Ant reproduces itself through budding mechanism. For example, a colony of thousands of ants can divide itself in several new satellite colonies when disturbed. The new satellite colonies spread out. It is recommanded not to try to eliminate these ants yourself for that reason. Any application of smelly product has the potential of causing budding and therefore worsening the infestation.

If you have Pharaon Ants it is best to call SOS Bugs. Our biologist has the expertise to deal with this miniature but troublesome ant. Our biologist uses efficient and odorless products to control these ants.

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