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How to Get Rid of Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh Ants are becoming much more prevalent in particular in the South East of the country, London being the epicentre. Getting rid of pharaoh ants can be tricky because of the property they inhabit, large blocks of flats with multiple occupancy.

Controlling Pharaoh Ants means destroying the colony not just the ants you see on your work surfaces. To do this you need specialist products, off the shelf ant control products will be ineffective.

What do pharaoh ants look like?

Pharaoh Ants are small yellow/light brown in colour, almost transparent. The workers are no more than 2mm in length.

The pharaoh ant queen can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime.

What do pharaoh ants eat?

A pharaoh ants diet consists of a variety of food substances. They are capable of feeding on simple protein and sweet based substances and other insects (living or dead).

Some of the substances they enjoy to feed on are syrups, cakes, jellies, grease and more.

Are pharaoh ants dangerous?

Pharaoh ants are considered to be dangerous pests due to the diseases and pathogens they can transmit. They become significantly more dangerous if found in hospitals due to the fact they can contaminate patient wounds. Within homes they can contaminate food preparation surfaces and food itself.

How to get rid of pharaoh ants in your home

The key to getting rid of pharaoh ants is to destroy the entire colony. Without destroying the colony you will find pharaoh ants keep returning.

Getting rid of pharaoh ants can be easier or harder depending on your living circumstances. If you live in a block of flats then it may need a collective effort of multiple flats to tackle the infestation. If you live in a semi or detached house you will just need to deal with them yourself.

The only real solution to get rid of pharaoh ants is to use a protein based ant bait such as Biopren Pharaoh Ant Killer. We also offer an alternative liquid gel bait called Imidasect Pharaoh Ant Gel Bait which some people prefer.

Pharaoh ants love to feed on sugary, protein bait and will consume Biopren with ease. Once they start feeding on the bait they will start tacking it back to the colony where eventually it will kill them all.

What causes pharaoh ants?

A pharaoh ant infestation is usually caused by the pests desire to search for food sources. They enter homes and flats in seek of crumbs, greasy surfaces and sweet drinks.

The warm environment of homes and buildings combined with the food sources make domestic properties the perfect habitat for pharaoh ants to rest.

Pharaoh Ant Baiting Tips

Where do I bait?

Pharaoh Ants cease activity at night but start work again (worker ants) in the early morning , scouts will go out foraging for food.

Laying poison bait on an active trail will give quicker results so try and study the movement of the ants before deciding where to place your poison.

Why have the pharaoh ants stopped taking the bait?

You may suddenly notice that there is still ant activity but they are no longer feeding from the Biopren.

This is quite a common trait and at this point you should switch to using a more sugary type of bait like the Imidasect Gel Bait. Feed this bait for a while until they again stop feeding and then switch back to the Biopren.

How long do I need to keep baiting for?

You should keep baiting until there is no longer any sign of pharaoh ant activity at all. This may take several weeks depending on the size of the colony.

To achieve success you need to be patient and consistent in your baiting approach.

Recommended Pharaoh Ant Products

Below is a handpicked list of recommend products for dealing with a pharaoh ants. There are different types of products available including pharaoh ant protein baits and pharaoh ant gel baits to suit your needs.

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