Tropical Ants such as Pharoahs Ant (Monomorium pharaonis) and Ghost Ants (Tapinoma melanocephalum) are a pest of increasing public health significance.

They are of high importance in large centrally heated buildings such as Hospitals, Hotels and high rise flats. As protein feeders they are of public health signifiance as they can spread disease organisms from the food sources they visit.

  • Treatment limitations

    Tropical Ants are notoriously difficult to control with conventional insecticides. These ants demonstrate to “split” their colonies when they come under threat.

    Simply spraying them with insecticide can therefore exacerbate the problem as their clonies split, known as budding, where they then produce new queens and spread the infestation further.

  • How can Countrywide help?

    Effective treatment against Tropical Ants involves drawing up a treatment programme of the areas they frequent.

    Rather than getting the ‘insecticide’ to them, baiting techniques where the Ants come to the bait to feed are more effective.

    In years passed baiting was carried out with boric acid and Liver to attract the ants. Modern baiting though uses Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s) and there are specific formulations for Tropical Ant species.

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