In our regions with harsh winters this species is established only in heated buildings. It is therefore inevitably associated with human presence. It is found in homes,
In short, almost everywhere where life is good!
The pharaoh ant is omnivorous
. She eats sugary foods as much as fatty foods and/or foods containing protein, be it cheese, meat or dead animals. It also feeds on small insects and their eggs, not counting shoe polish and natural sponges. Pharaoh ants are walking in
because the workers leave clues on the ground that tell other ants which path to follow to move from food source to the nest. These clues are often found on the edge of the kitchen and bathroom counters, in closets, wardrobes, etc.
From the infinitely small egg the adult emerges after 38 days. Moreover, queens and males need 4 days to reach the adult stage. The life span of workers is about 70 days and the one of queens is about 200 days. A new colony is formed when the working ants, often accompanied by a queen, establish a new nest bringing with them some eggs. Sometimes the pharaoh ants form temporary nests while waiting to find a location more conducive to their welfare, and this move can be the source of an infestation.
Because satellite colonies often remain in contact with the mother colony, pharaoh ants can become immortal
in theory. That's when you need to contact an exterminator so that he can remove the insects in all stages of their development.