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Why Dallas Residents Need To Keep Their Eye Out For Pharaoh Ants

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Ants are tiny, commonplace and easy to squash. Due to this, most people aren’t concerned with warding them off. Folks don’t put a lot of thought or energy into prevention or extermination. They think the worst that can happen with these pests is being annoyed or getting a small bite. That’s not all though.

Ants can spread disease, taint food, and contaminate surfaces with the bacteria they carry. This risk heightens if there’s an infestation, which can happen with these fast multiplying insects. Some species pose a greater threat and are harder to get rid of than others. Pharaoh ants are an example. They tend to transmit dysentery and salmonella. Also, many bug experts consider them the toughest to control. It’s best to arm yourself with identification and prevention information now. Further, find out how All-Safe Pest & Termite can lend a hand in protecting your Dallas property.

Appearance & Behavior Of Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are usually less than ⅛ of an inch long. They’re either light yellow or yellow-brown, with black and red stomach marks. They require moisture, warmth, and food to survive, and will go anywhere they can find those conditions. When outside, they’ll nest in gardens and yards. Indoors, they’ll inhabit walls and foundation voids, baseboards, pipe chases and rods, insulation, and fabrics. Dark spaces that aren’t very busy are ideal for them too.

Naturally, pantries and cabinets are the main meal source for pharaoh ants. They’re most drawn to sweets, fats, grease, and proteins, but they’ll eat fellow critters as well.

Pharaoh ants typically enter a property through:

  • Cracks and crevices in foundations and siding
  • Tattered window screens
  • Loose doors and shutters

The bodies of these ants are so little, there’s probably no hole or gap they can’t crawl in. You likely have an infestation if you see their amber-colored workers.

Preventing Pharaoh Ants

Thankfully, it’s possible to decrease the chances of pharaoh ants ruling your kingdom. Guarding your home or business against them will take diligent cleaning, and close attention to structural items on your property

  • Seal any openings in walls, posts, foundations, windows, and screens
  • Put sweeps on all exterior doors
  • Maintain and trim greenery, and keep it a few feet from your building
  • Monitor your lawn for anthills
  • Store food in air-tight storage containers
  • Keep the pantry and kitchen clean, and immediately wipe up spills
  • Routinely vacuum, take out the trash and wash dishes
  • Call All-Safe Pest & Termite if you have other insects that pharaoh ants may feed on

All-Safe Pest & Termite Pharaoh Ant Elimination

Many Dallas residents presume that they don’t need professional assistance to handle pharaoh ants, but they would be wrong. The bulk of insecticides from stores are ineffective with these bugs. Those products often cause the ants to break up from their colonies, forcing them to create new nests in different places. Basically, it just stretches their presence.

The methods used by All-Safe Pest & Termite are designed specifically for this ant species. Unlike run of the mill treatments that only work temporarily. We use baits with an extra-strength formula inside that will see the pharaohs gone. Period.

All-Safe Pest & Termite has affordable, monthly subscription packages that will provide you with comprehensive, outdoor pest control services. We like to focus on the exterior of properties so that your daily life isn’t disrupted. We offer low-toxic options for your peace of mind. Our plans start at just $29.99! We believe in being nice to your wallet. You can have confidence in the expertise of All-Safe Pest & Termite, as we’ve been in business for over 30 years. Contact us today for your free estimate! We can’t wait to take your call!

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