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Why You Want To Get Rid Of Pharaoh Ants Right Away

March 23, 2017

pharaoh ant up close

Although these ants sound like they should be Egyptian royalty, this couldn't be further from the truth. Pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharaonis) have been called the most dangerous insect in medical and health care facilities. Why? Because they feed on sick people and then transfer disease-causing microorganisms, bacteria and viruses to other patients, spreading sickness, such as throat infections, influenza, impetigo, strep, and other more serious conditions. Sounds like something out of a horror movie, doesn't it? And while having these pests inside health facilities can be horrifying, having them invade your home or business can also become somewhat of a nightmare, if their populations are allowed to expand.

With ant season upon us, it is important to know some things about these disease-transmitting creatures.

With yellow to orange coloring and an abdomen that is capped with a darker brown, a pharaoh ant is smaller than the similar-looking fire ant, measuring in at around 1/32 to 1/16 of an inch (1.5 - 2mm) in length. These ants have two nodes between their thorax and abdomen that are clearly visible (provided you have good vision). They also have antennae that have a tiny elbow in them.

These tiny ants are known to invade pantries and crawl all over food preparation areas, on fridges and stoves, countertops, sinks, all over uncovered food, and anywhere else in the kitchen. This might not be so bad if it were not for the fact that they also crawl all over toilets, in slimy drains, and on rotting garbage inside trash cans. So, going back and forth between places, they transfer all sorts of bacteria that can be dangerous to your health and well-being. Studies have shown that pharaoh ants are able to transfer more than 12 infectious organisms.

These ants, once they establish themselves by building various nests within a structure, are known to be one of the most difficult ant pests to eliminate. They can have several hundred thousand individuals in a single colony, and do-it-yourself methods to eliminate these illness-spreading insects often leads to ongoing frustration. Before you throw your hands up in the air, consider reaching out to the professionals here at Nozzle Nolen.

With our package deals, we can completely take care of pharaoh ants, as well as other ant pests, such as carpenter ants, fire ants, big-headed ants, ghost ants, black crazy ants, Caribbean crazy ants, and more. We also take care of a whole host of other household pests.

You don't have to put up with pharaoh ants, no matter how royal they sound. Get help today from the educated, specially-trained pest professionals here at Nozzle Nolen, and rest easy. It's just that simple.


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