How To Identify Pharaoh Ants
The pharaoh ant is one of the easier species to identify here in McKinney. Instead of the traditional black or brown coloration, this pest is a pale yellow. They typically have darker-colored abdomens and are 1/16 of an inch long, fully grown. Pharaoh ant colonies can be found in various strange locations, including between sheets of stationary, on top of abandoned beds beneath covers, and inside appliances. If you see some of these tiny invaders inside your home and want help identifying their nest, have our experts at Big D Pest & Termite perform a thorough pest inspection.
Why Pharaoh Ants Are Considered Dangerous
Most species of ants crawl into homes through gaps and cracks and only check common areas for food. The more expansive a species' diet is, the more likely it is to pick up harmful disease-causing organisms.
What do pharaoh ants eat? They like munching on syrups, fruits, meats, and dead insects. They will look for these items inside trash cans and other dirty areas and have no problem consuming food spoiled and covered with bacteria; this is where they pick up disease-causing organisms.
Two common diseases you might contract from pharaoh ants include staphylococcus and salmonellosis. If you see small, pale yellow ants crawling inside your home, clean off surfaces regularly, store food in air-tight containers, and contact a professional to handle these pests quickly; this is the absolute best way to avoid getting sick.
The Safe And Effective Way To Get Rid Of Pharaoh Ants In Your Home
There is only one way to reliably remove an ant infestation from your home and property: professional assistance. Big D Pest & Termite offers home pest control for ants designed to eliminate these pests wherever they are hiding and nesting. Whether you have one small colony in your yard or several large nests inside your home's wood, we have what is needed to solve your problem. Let us know today if you require professional help, and talk to one of our service representatives about our unique options.
Five No-Sweat Tips To Prevent Future Pharaoh Ant Infestations
Now that you know more about our effective ant control options, let's talk about some simple DIY methods you can use to keep these pests out. Here are five no-sweat ant prevention tips to use today:
- Seal holes, gaps, and cracks in your home's foundation and address more serious damage around exterior walls.
- Ensure all your windows and doors are properly sealed and in good condition.
- Clean your interior spaces regularly and do your best to keep up with food and drink messes.
- Invest in pest-proof trash cans.
- Store your leftovers, pet food, and pantry items in tightly sealed containers.
Contact Big D Pest & Termite to learn about ant control near you. We offer great long-term options to keep these invasive bugs out and deter a range of other common insects that invade McKinney homes. If that is what you are looking for, let us help you today.