February 2024



Elizabeth Naylor, SPMAO President

Thank you to the 180 attendees, exhibitors and speakers that participated in the 2024 SPMAO Conference. It was great to meet in person again, have a full exhibitor room and hear from knowledgeable speakers. The venue was superb, from the layout to the food to the staff and we will be returning to the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport and Conference Centre in January 2025.


Dragnet Users

Be advised that the MECP is inspecting service vehicles and taking tank samples. Do not trust the tip and pour as it can give you an excessive %. The 25ml line can give you 30ml’s so you are in violation of the label application rate. You have to verify each bottle of Dragnet with a graduated cylinder before using.


Pharaoh Ant Health Risks and the Importance of Treatment

In recent years, the presence of pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharaonis) has become a growing concern in many urban environments. These tiny insects, native to the warm climates of Africa, are now found in regions worldwide, including residential and commercial areas. While their small size may make them seem harmless, pharaoh ants pose significant health risks due to their ability to transmit various pathogens and cause allergic reactions. Therefore, it is essential to implement proper treatment measures to control and eradicate pharaoh ant infestations effectively. This article will discuss the associated health risks of pharaoh ants and why it is crucial to conduct appropriate treatment interventions.

Health Risks Associated with Pharaoh Ants

The pharaoh ant, scientifically known as Monomorium pharaonis, poses significant health risks to humans. These ants have been found to carry and transmit various pathogens, including bacteria and viruses, making them potential vectors for infectious diseases. They can contaminate food and surfaces with their body fluids, feces, and shed body parts, leading to the spread of harmful microorganisms. Pharaoh ants are also known to infest hospitals and healthcare facilities, further increasing the risk of nosocomial infections. The presence of pharaoh ants in residential and commercial settings can also cause psychological distress and anxiety, as individuals may feel invaded and unsafe in their environments. Therefore, it is crucial to address pharaoh ant infestations promptly and effectively to minimize these health risks and ensure the well-being of individuals and communities.

Importance of Proper Treatment for Pharaoh Ant Infestations

Proper treatment for Pharaoh ant infestations is crucial due to the associated health risks. These ants can contaminate food sources, kitchen surfaces, and medical supplies, leading to the spread of diseases.  Additionally, Pharaoh ants can establish nests in critical areas such as hospitals, nursing homes, and restaurants, making them particularly concerning for vulnerable populations, including patients with compromised immune systems and the elderly. The potential health hazards make it imperative to implement effective treatment strategies to eradicate Pharaoh ant infestations and mitigate associated risks.

Strategies for Effective Pharaoh Ant Control

There are several strategies that can be employed to effectively control Pharaoh ants. First, it is crucial to identify and eliminate potential food sources and entry points. This can be achieved by keeping food storage areas clean and tightly sealed, repairing any cracks or gaps in walls and floors, and implementing proper sanitation practices. Second, baiting is a commonly used method for Pharaoh ant control. Baits containing slow-acting pesticides are placed in areas where ants have been observed, allowing them to carry the pesticide back to the colony and eliminate multiple ants. It is important to use baits specifically designed for Pharaoh ants, as they have unique feeding preferences. Additionally, regular monitoring and reapplication of baits may be necessary to achieve long-term control. Professional pest control services should be enlisted for severe infestations or for situations where other control methods have been unsuccessful. These experts have access to more potent pesticides and can employ advanced techniques to target the Pharaoh ant colonies. Overall, a combination of sanitation practices, baiting, and professional assistance can ensure effective Pharaoh ant control.


In conclusion, the presence of Pharaoh ants poses significant health risks and necessitates prompt and thorough treatment. These tiny insects have demonstrated their ability to transmit numerous pathogens, making them a potential public health concern. The spread of diseases such as Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and Streptococcus through contaminated food and surfaces can result in serious illnesses, particularly among vulnerable populations. Proper treatment is essential given the challenges associated with controlling Pharaoh ant infestations. Integrated pest management strategies that combine effective chemical control with sanitation practices and exclusion measures have shown promising results in eradicating these pests. Furthermore, ongoing monitoring and regular inspections are crucial to ensure the effectiveness of treatment protocols and to prevent future infestations. Ultimately, the health risks posed by Pharaoh ants demand a comprehensive and proactive approach to their management, emphasizing the importance of quick and effective treatment.


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