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How To Control Pharaoh AntsPharaoh Ant control

One of the most common ants infestations that plague households is the Pharaoh Ant. Pharaoh ants are prolific breeders and are common throughout the entire United States. The reason that they are called Pharaoh ants is because they were believed to be a plague which affected the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt.

Pharaoh ants are rather tiny, about 1/16th of an inch long. They are yellow to light brown in color and have dark to black abdomens. What makes this ant so difficult to control is that they are intuitive and prolific in spreading their population and growing colonies. The Pharaoh queen will often leave a well-established nest and take adult workers, juniors and even eggs with her to establish a new colony.

Unlike most ants, Pharaoh ants prefer to nest indoors over outdoors. They are notorious for being found in establishments that handle large amounts of foods like hotels, grocery stores and hospitals. Inside, they nest in warm, humid areas wherever there is plenty of food and water nearby. Like many other ants, pharaoh ants primarily like to eat sweets and sugar-based foods as well as food that is really greasy.

If your home or place of establishment has become infested with pharaoh ants, Solutions Pest and Lawn can equip you with the best products and knowledge to eliminate the infestation yourself. Keep reading below to learn the best recommended products for pharaoh ant control and the best strategy to tackle these nuisances.

How To Get Rid of Pharaoh Ants: 3 Step Solution

An effective pharaoh ant elimination program is not as simple as purchasing a product that targets ants, spraying it around and your work is complete. Pharaoh ants need to be dealt with in a more sophisticated fashion because they are a sophisticated insect. They can detect odors of insecticides and can communicate amongst one another to alert the colony to steer clear of treated areas. For that reason, baiting is the most effective way to get rid of pharaoh ants. By following the steps we laid out below you can get rid of pharaoh ants all by yourself.

Step 1: Locate the areas of high ant activity. This will require a very detailed inspection of your home. You cannot tackle the ant problem until you are aware of their hot spots. One of the best ways to do this is by carefully observing ants that are wandering and taking note of the trail they create while foraging for food. Mark these areas. If the trail isn’t made obvious, use a harmless bait like peanut butter and wait for ants to come to it and you will then notice their ant trail, which will be vital in the ant baiting process.

Step 2: Once you have made note of the ant trails, you can then proceed with baiting the area in a strategic fashion, preferably along the ant trail you have marked. What we recommend is a sugar-based sweet bait such as Terro Liquid Ant Bait. Please give the bait product 2 weeks to do its job before taking further action or reapplying. It is very important not to disrupt ant activity while bait is out. Leave them be and let them take the bait to their nesting sites to share amongst one another to create the desired domino effect.

Step 3: You can use a non-repellent spray like Fipro to create a barrier around your home to aid in keeping ants out of your home as well as apply around voids, cracks and crevices in the kitchen and bathrooms. Do not spray in areas where bait has been laid out as it will render the bait ineffective.

Step 4: After the baits have taken care of your pharoah ant problem, you will need to take proactive measures to make sure they don’t come back. This includes implementing preventative measures such as: reducing moisture by fixing leaks, thoroughly cleaning your home (particularly the kitchen) to clear up crumbs and grease, sealing up cracks and crevices with caulk, clearing off debris and firewood from your home and trimming trees that touch your home.

Browse our recommended products for treating Pharoah ants below. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us anytime via phone, online live chat or email and we’ll be happy to help you.

Pharoah Ants


Ant Baits are the only effective control method for control and elimination of the Pharaoh ants. Residual treatments generally should not be used in Pharaoh ant control because they result in colony budding, contaminate bait stations and kills only the foraging ants.


Colonies of the Pharaoh Ants average 3,000-4,000 ants with several queens. Pavement ants normally nest in soil; however, they occasionally nest indoors in walls, insulation and under floors. Colonies will move near a heat source in winter.


Pavement ants often follow pipes through slabs to access buildings. Outdoors, these ants nest in soil under stones, slabs, next to buildings and in pavement cracks. They enter through cracks in slabs, expansion joints and natural openings of buildings. Pavement ants like to travel under the edges of carpet next to the tack strip. To inspect or treat this area, carefully lift the carpet a small section at a time, then press down firmly to replace the carpet. Soil nests may have a characteristic "dirt crater" around the opening. Pavement ants forage up to 30 feet in trails.


At Solutions Pest & Lawn we offer a full line of professional pest control products including a variety of ant control products like ant baits and ant killers so that you can kill all your ant control problems in an instant. Whether it is carpenter ant baits or fire ant killers, we have dedicated pest control products for all ant types.


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