The Pharoah ant is a common pest that has become prevalent throughout the World. Here in the UK they are frequently found inside properties, bringing them into contact with residents, customers and patients on a regular basis. The ant is light brown or yellow in appearance – almost appearing see-through to many. If you suspect you have a problem with Pharoah ants then please contact AMES on freephone 0800 197 1650, email firstname.lastname@example.org or read the information below for more detail on the pharoah ant.
Background Information On The Pharoah Ant
Despite being of tropical origins, pharaoh ant infestations can be common throughout cooler climates such as here in the UK. Modern heating systems mean they are drawn to warmer indoor conditions – creating a disturbing or uncomfortable environment for people inhabiting those buildings.
Most recently we have encountered Pharoah ants in housing estates here in the West Midlands and we are more than happy to assist Housing Associations, Private Landlords, Councils and private home owners with effective treatments to remove the problem. Modern, warm dwellings mean the Pharoah Ant can become a pest right throughout the year, even in the mixed climate of the UK.
Why does the Pharoah Ant Colony grow so fast?
A colony of pharaoh ants can comprise of up to several thousand workers and they can have up to two hundred queens. Some of these colonies can become co-joined meaning they appear to be much bigger. This is encouraged by the fact that the pharaoh ant does not get defensive of its own particular colony. So while the various pharaoh ants colonies co-exist in harmony, for the people having to live with such an infestation on ants the experience is anything but harmonious. In a ‘natural colony’ environment individuals within the ant group will reproduce usually two times a year.
Why are hospitals so concerned?
The ants are very small (around 2mm) and so they can get into wounds, drip lines and in amongst hospital instruments. This can create a risk of infections being spread but also interference with hospital equipment and electrical items. This makes hospitals particularly susceptible to problems with pharaoh ants. However, it could be said that this is equally true of any clinical setting or indeed environments where people have compromised immune systems or are vulnerable. This includes care of the elderly units, sheltered accommodation, hospices, clinics, private hospitals and other similar settings.
Where else does the pharaoh ant create problems?
Due to the pharaoh ant taking to warmer, centrally heated conditions they can colonise any building in theory. They can often take over the insect population in an office building inside six months, almost to the complete exclusion of other insects. This brings the added negative affect of not having other insect species in a building that can often bring balance and natural control to insect populations.
Hotels, food stores, apartment blocks residential care homes and serviced offices are all potential ‘target’ dwellings for colonies of pharoah ants.
Common Signs of Pharoah Ants
Often seen in kitchens and bathrooms, a trail of pharaoh ants can also often be seen moving along window sills.
Places where water is present such as sinks, toilets and drains can often be locations where the ant can be seen. Again this often occurs in kitchens and bathrooms. They will often nest in holes or cavities in walls, below carpet to afford them some protection as well as sometimes nesting outside in lawns and garden areas if conditions are right.
Therefore offices and commercial buildings with washrooms, kitchen facilities for staff, canteens and customer bathrooms and toilets may provide ideal conditions for colonies of pharaoh ants. OF course this also includes any domestic dwelling – particularly in bathroom or kitchen areas.
Pharoah Ant Treatments & Pest Control
Ant baiting is the preferred method for getting rid of the colony, as this is more likely to remove the entire colony than residual spraying. A typical treatment in an apartment or household would involve several baiting sachets being deployed in each dwelling. Living areas as well as the commonly inhabited kitchen and bathroom areas would be treated.
The insect growth regulator s-methoprene takes effect by preventing reproduction. The regulator blocks growth of larvae in the Pharoah ant colonies. The containers used also contain a food attractant. Once cut open these are stuck to a suitable surface. Changing feeding preferences are allowed for as the bait offers up to different sources of protein.
Revisits take place during the course of a treatment to ensure effective control and additional installations of bait as required.
For more information on Pharoah ants treatment or if you suspect you have a problem with any other household pest or infestation in a commercial, industrial or agricultural environment please contact AMES on 0800 197 1650 or email us here