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Pharaoh ants treatment for home

The most reliable treatment for pharaoh ant control in London

Pharaoh ants are one of the most prolific species of ants in the world. They can be difficult to eradicate if treated incorrectly, and this can cause an increase in numbers which could make the problem worse. We have a powerful range of pest control techniques to deal with them. Don’t let them get out of control. Our service is fast, effective and completely safe for your home.

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Pharaoh ant facts

  • The pharaoh ant, whose origins are unknown, has now been introduced to almost every area of the world, which shows how successful this insect is at adapting to its environment.

  • Using an insecticide against pharaoh ants will only make the problem worse as it will only kill the workers and not the queens, who will then produce more satellite nests in order to increase their numbers.

  • Unlike garden ants, pharaoh ants have multiple queens, and when the nest is large enough, one queen leaves with some of the workers and starts another satellite nest.

  • Pharaoh ants used to be found in the UK in hospitals and blocks of flats where the communal heating systems were ideal conditions for them. Nowadays, pharaoh ants are found all over the UK in every type of building and property.

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Pharaoh ants (Monomorium Pharaonis)

The queens are larger in length than the workers and males. They have a large head with slightly bent antennae and black eyes. The males will have wings which are a pale yellow, and for this reason can be difficult to see. However, queens are larger and darker in colour.

Size: Queen: 3.6mm
Males and workers: 2-3mm

Colour: Transparent yellow/orange in colour

Breeding pattern: The queen can typically lay eggs in batches of 10 to 12 at a time, but can produce up to 3500 eggs in a lifetime. The eggs that are produced take up to 42 days to mature from egg to adult. Each queen within the nest lives between 90-365 days.

The pharaoh ant is a tropical species of ant, apparently only found in heated buildings in the UK. However, we have found these ants outside of heated buildings on housing estates and in and around hospitals, which demonstrates how intelligent these insects are. In the event of a threat, workers ants can quickly move pupae and young larvae away from the original colony. This response to danger can be triggered if, for example, you use an insecticide to spray the trails or nests of ants which causes them to bud and create satellite nests. Budding is a known process by which the ants gradually spread throughout buildings or complexes as the colonies get bigger.

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How do you know you have pharaoh ants?

  • You will see live evidence of pharaoh ants in and around areas where sugary and protein based foods are kept or served.

  • Pharaoh ants can be difficult to see as they are light brown in colour and are very tiny so you will need to look very carefully.

  • In a kitchen they will congregate around a water source or foods like honey or icing sugar. You will also find them in food cupboards foraging around.

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How do I get rid of them?

  • Insecticide sprays will only eliminate the worker ants and cause the nest to bud and spread over a longer period of time.

  • If you live in a block of flats, or in a terraced house, then it would be advisable to ascertain how widespread the problem is, which will mean contacting neighbouring properties.

  • Success can only be attained by containing the infestation. Any treatments carried out to part of a block or building will only be a short term solution.

  • Pharaoh ants are difficult to treat and in order to eradicate them on a permanent basis you will need to seek professional help.

  • Give us a call now to schedule a visit or if you have any questions, fill in the contact form below or message us on Whatsapp or live chat.

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About our pharaoh ants treatment

The UK climate is not always suitable for all the different types of ants around the world, however we do have a few species that are a nuisance, especially in the home. Pharaoh ants have been a particular problem in London for a number of years now, and are known to infest large blocks of flats and terraced residential properties. As soon as you notice signs of pharaoh ants, you need to call in The Pied Piper. Our BPCA (British Pest Control Association) certified technicians are fully trained to deal with pharaoh ant infestations. Using their knowledge and expertise, they will apply the correct insecticides to eradicate them for good.

  • At The Pied Piper Pest Control Company, we will not just cover your premises for any old pest problem.
  • We will give you the correct number of visits for your business and cover you for the pests you are most likely to get.
  • We will also make sure that we are treating the right areas of your business. After all, there’s no point treating the interior of a warehouse if the rats are coming in from outside.
  • Our extensive experience in pest control means we are able to deal with every pest in every type of business.
  • A reporting system that will record each visit, allowing us to document details of pest infestation, findings, advice or recommendations, the treatment carried out, and pesticides we have used.

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We have been trading for over twenty five years and have gained a reputation as one of Londons leading pest control providers with our professionalism and customer service, our reviews speak for themsleves.

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Efficient Solutions

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The Pied Piper have a proven track record and experience covering all types of pest control including Rodents, bed bugs, wasps, fleas, grey squirrels, foxes and birds.


  • Latest techniques and formulations
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Safety Conscious

The Pied Piper places health and safety above all else when dealing with the public. Our technicians are constantly attending the latest courses and have regular safety training to allow them to carry out their work safely

  • All pesticides used apporved for use in the UK
  • All technicians are kitted out with the relevant PPE
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The Pied Piper can also provide your business with the following additional services and expertise as these would be an extension of the pest control solutions we provide.


  • Abselling
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  • Rubbish removal
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  • Drain surveys and inspections
How it Works
1. Contact

1. Contact

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2. Survey

2. Survey

We will discuss your pest problem and quote you over the phone or arrange a survey and email you a quote asap

  • Appointment time slots to suit you
  • Control programs tailored to your requirements
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3. Treatment

3. Treatment

Our BPCA qualified technicians will attend your property to provide pest control treatments

  • Appointment at a time convenient to you
  • Explain clearly what our tech will do
  • Child & pet safe treatments
4. Aftercare

4. Aftercare

We will make sure that after your treatment program is complete your premises will be clear of any pests

  • Pest prevention advice given
  • Detailed reports
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