Originating from the tropics and sub tropics Pharaoh’s Ants were first recorded in the UK in the early 19th Century. The species is particularly associated with prisons, hospitals and other institutional buildings.
Pharaoh’s Ant colonies contain several egg laying Queens and winged males. Eggs are laid by the queens hatching into grubs; these are nurtured by sterile female workers taking a month before pupating. Workers will move pupae and larvae if danger threatens forming new colonies. This also occurs as a deliberate act, known as budding, by which the ants gradually spread throughout buildings if untreated. They require a minimum breeding temperature of 18 degrees.