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PHARAOH ANTS

INTRODUCTION: Its name resulted from the mistaken belief of Linnaeus that this ant was one of the plagues of Egypt in the of  the Pharaohs. Pharaoh ants are thought to be native to the African region. This ant is found throughout the United States.

RECOGNITION: Workers monomorphic (one worker size), about 1/16” long. Body usually pale, varying from yellowish to reddish. Stinger present. Queens about 1/8” long, with/without wings, and slightly darker in color than workers. Males about 1/16” long, winged, black in color, and antenna straight, not elbowed.

HABITS: Inside, Pharaoh ants nest in warm, humid areas near sources of food and/or water. Nests are usually located in inaccessible areas such as wall voids, behind baseboards, and under floors.


Outside, these ants seem to be of little importance today. These ants feed on a wide preference in food, ranging from syrups to fruits, pies, meets, and dead insects.

BIOLOGY: Colonies tend to be large, numbering in the thousands to several hundred-thousand, with several hundred reproductive females present in such colony. Workers live about 9-10 weeks. Queens live 4-12 months, and males die about 3-5 weeks after mating.

 

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