Pharaoh Ant

Monomorium pharaonic
Pharaoh Ant

Appearance: Yellow-redish colored body and black colored abdomen. The antennae of paraoh ants have 12 segments forming a club of three segments at the end. The thorax of paraoh ants’ do not have spines.

Behavior: Pharaoh Ant has a preference for nesting in damp warm areas, such as cracks in walls and floors, behind piles of wood, and furniture. Generally trailing can be found around the area where the electric cables and pipes are.

Sign of Infestation: By findings of ant colonies and nests, and ant foraging behavior.

Diseases/Contamination: Allergy and contamination in food materials.

Prevention: By reducing food sources that are potentially preferred by ants like food that contain sugar and carbohydrates, by closing any potential access, and by reducing humidity.

Reproduction: After mating, the ant queen will find a nest and start laying her eggs. The queen will provide care of the eggs, larvae, and pupae until the first worker ants appear. The workers start taking care of the colony and collected food. While the workers play a role in expanding the colony, the queen kept on laying eggs. The colonies are mature when wings are formed in males and females mate.