Details of this species in Poland
Source: Krzeminska et al. 1997
Species Notes for this Location:
During an evaluation of the infestation of insect disease vectors and their control, it was found that of of 748 hospitals in Poland (in the period from 1990 to 1995) pharaoh ant Monomorium pharaonis infestations occurred in 17% of hospitals. Kitchens, laundries and baths were most infested. Sometimes insects were found also in central sterilisation units and operating theaters.
Management Notes for this Location:
Controls of insects in hospitals were performed one to four times a year mostly by spraying with residual formulation. The control agents contained pyrethroids (mostly permethrin, but also deltamethrin and cypermethrin) and carbamates (bendiocarb, propoxur). Baits with hydramethylnon, boric acid, methoprene and chlorpyrifos were used not very often. A suggestion to reduce use of the spraying agents and a recommendation to use baits instead has been made by Krzeminska and colleagues (1997), who claim baits delay the development of the resistance to pesticides in controlling insect populations and are safer.
Disease transmission: The presence of the pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) in hospitals is of concern as it may potentially spread certain human pathogens commonly associated with hospitals.
Last Modified: 2/05/2006 2:31:20 p.m.