These small yellow or brown ants are notorious pests, especially in hospitals. They are typically about 1/16th of an inch long, and have non-functional stingers which generate pheromones. Because these ants can create “budding” colonies quite easily, they can infest an office space within six months, even pushing out other insects. It can be challenging to eradicate them due to their ease of reproduction. Call Burns before these troublesome pests can get a good foothold in your property.
Pharaoh ants, commonly called “sugar ants,” live in warm environments but are especially troublesome as they tend to thrive indoors as well. They commonly infest food areas, as they eat food of all types and are especially attracted to sweets. Hospitals are particularly susceptible due to the fact that pharaoh ants can contaminate sterile equipment and spread disease.
Pharaoh ants build nests in undisturbed, dark places such as inside walls, cabinets, baseboards, etc. These ants are unique in the fact that they have multiple queens. If their colony is disturbed, they can move from place to place. This adds to the complexity of eradicating infestations as they can relocate and continue thriving, building multiple new colonies as they scatter and relocate.
If you have a pharaoh ant problem, it is best to leave treatment to professionals due to the level of complexity as the colonies scatter. At Burns, we know how to handle these pests and you can trust us to get the job done right!