Pharoahs Ant

Monomorium pharaonis (L.)

Description:
Pharoah Ant
Facts:

Very small ant, yellowish in colour that produces multiple nests containing thousands of individuals. Very difficult to eradicate and a serious pest as it inhabits insanitary areas and in hospitals has even been seen feeding on open wounds with the attendant problem of spreading disease.

Introduced:

1950's?
Origin:
Legend says Egypt, but more likely the americas
Location:
In warm buildings such as Hospitals, Hotels, Flats etc
Status:
Increasing problem
Problems:
Comments:
Poses significant health risks as it can transfer pathogens by its activities.