Pharoah ant

Pharoah Ants

Appearance

These ants vary in color from yellowish to reddish, with the abdomen normally darker to black.

Habitat

Pharaoh ants are found throughout the United States. Their colonies can become very large, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They prefer to nest in warm, humid areas near a source of food and water. Typical nesting areas include wall voids, baseboards, in furniture, and near hot water heaters and heating systems. Outdoors, they are likely to nest near the house in a garden or lawn.

Diet

These ants have a diverse array of food choices. They prefer sweets, greases, meat, blood, and insects. It is not uncommon for them to feed on such items as shoe polish and sponges!

Reproduction

Although the mature reproductives have wings, they do not fly and they mate throughout the year. The female produces on average 375 eggs in her lifetime. From the time the eggs are laid to the time the actual worker ant emerges is 38 days.

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