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You constantly feel their presence. They’re creeping on your floors, crawling across your countertops and scouring your cupboards for snacks. Indeed, you’re not the only one who enjoys a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Pharaoh ants are determined pests that have the capability to invade your home and make their way into nooks and crannies in hopes of feeding on certain foods. They’re even capable of spreading diseases. If you’re not shuddering yet, you probably haven’t reached the breaking point of taking action — or maybe you’ve exhausted every option. Pharaoh ants can live up to their name of ruling over small territories in buildings, but don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know about the smell pests:

What are Pharaoh Ants?

Pharaoh ants can be tricky to spot. At 1/16 of an inch long, the creatures have light yellow bodies with red and black markings on their abdomens. It takes approximately 38 days for a worker to develop from an egg to an adult, and nearly 42 days for a male or queen. In that time span, the ants can develop large colonies and are known to quickly multiply. The queen can lay 400 eggs in her lifetime! With a diet including foods such as honey and bread, as well as household items such as soap, pharaoh ants make their homes indoors near such sources. They can’t live very long outside, but their diet also consists of other insects.

How Do They Affect Me?

Besides their sheer numbers being an annoyance, pharaoh ants may seem harmless, but these tiny pests are known for causing significant problems. Because they require a food source, pharaoh ants reside in places like factories, homes, office buildings and hospitals. And because they’re capable of carrying diseases, it’s crucial to ensure they’re absent in places that are required to be sterile. Pharaoh ants can even make their way into IV bags and wounds while transporting diseases such as salmonella, streptococcus and staphylococcus.

How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Pharaoh ants stay true to their name, as they tend to rule over the places they infest. They’re tricky to control and get rid of on your own, as they often reside in hard-to-reach and harder-to-see places. It’s best to call a professional to find the source of the ants and treat all areas thoroughly, including walls, ceilings, floors – even electrical outlets! When you’re in the midst of an infestation, or you’re noticing subtle signs of pharaoh ants, call Plunkett’s Pest Control to take care of the problem for you. Our technicians have the proper tools to take care of the pests and will provide you with top-quality service. Pharaoh ants may be tough, but we’ve been in the business for over 100 years and have the expertise to help you

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