Pharaoh ants aren't very big. They don't seem anything like the old larger-than-life kings of Egypt for whom they're named after. They're small, translucent red ants that form tight marching lines. At first glance, there doesn't appear to be anything Pharaoh-like about them.
They have qualities, however. For instance, they are very good at infiltrating buildings. These ants have even found their way into laboratories that were believed to be sealed off and air-tight. Somehow, Pharaoh ants aways get inside. Exclusion methods that work for other ants may not work for these guys. There's not much you can do to keep them out of your house or business.
It's hard to imagine why they're called "Pharaoh ants" just by looking at them. Some experts claim their common name has nothing to do with their size or appearance. Instead, it's hypothesized that they got their name because they were one of the plagues that the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt had to contend with.
Looking at a Pharaoh ant up close, it's hard to imagine them causing damage to biblical proportions. But if you're like most people who have had their Tennessee property invaded by Pharaoh ants, you understand how destructive and hard to kill these invasive insects can be. What you might not be aware of is exactly how menacing Pharaoh ants can be if left untreated or how dangerous they really are.
Pharaoh Ants: The Ants Of Nightmares
Pharaoh ants can be a real nightmare. They might attack a person by the hundreds. They often seek out those sleeping and drink from their mouths. They can ruin an entire bag of pet food in a short time. They bite and sting, and that's not even the worst part. Pharaoh ants can carry several dangerous pathogens.
They can transmit salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus just to name a few. Contracting these illnesses will harm people in the following ways:
Salmonella is a type of bacteria known to cause food poisoning.
Staphylococcus is a flesh-eating pathogen.
Streptococcus is responsible for causing strep throat.
The fact that these ants carry these pathogens is especially scary because these are the ants known for seeking moisture from the mouths of sleeping children. To make matters worse, they're almost impossible to kill without professional assistance. In fact, you may think you have a Pharoah ant problem under control, but these resilient ants seem to come back from the dead.
The Resurrection Of Pharaoh Ants
Pharaoh ants don't actually come back from the dead. When property owners try treating these ants themselves, they might kill several thousands of individual ants. The problem with Pharaoh ants is they have several hundred female ants in each colony that can quickly take the place of a dead queen. As soon as the main colony signals distress, the ants out on patrol will simply form several new colonies. Much like the Hydra beast from Greek mythology -- when you cut off the head by trying to destroy the main colony, several more grow back! And when a seemingly dead colony of Pharaoh ants comes back to life after they've been poisoned, it makes it seem as though the colony has been resurrected from the dead.
It is true, these ants can be extremely frustrating to deal with. They're nearly impossible to kill, and they can get into places other ants tend to avoid. That's why Tennessee property owners turn to Proven Pest Management when their property becomes infested with Pharaoh ants. We know Pharaoh ants are hard to kill, but we have the experience to get the job done.
It Takes Experience, Follow-Through, And Strategy
It's ok to admire the tenacity and the resilience of Pharaoh ants as long as you respect the real risk they pose to your property, your health, and the health of your family members. These ants should never be taken lightly. Most Tennessee landowners find out the hard way that the faster a poison seemed to work, the less effective it will be on destroying an entire population. Methods that work on other ants just do not work on Pharaoh ants.
Don't waste your time and money trying to get rid of a Pharaoh ant infestation over and over again just to have them come back. We have the experience it takes and the proven commitment to get the job done right. Contact the professionals at Proven Pest Management today so that we can come up with a plan to solve your Pharoah ant problem.