Method description

Our method involves introducing a large number of Monomorium pharaonis colonies into the rooms where we will attempt to establish a stable population.

The minimum number of colonies needed to ensure the establishment of a stable population is one mini colony per 5 m2 of space. However, to minimize the time required for stabilization, it is recommended to use one “mini” colony per 2.5 m2 of space. The method and locations for placing the colonies in the room are described in the instruction manual provided with the bed bug eradication colonies.

During the initial weeks, it is necessary to feed the ants and provide them with a water and heat source (details in the attached instruction manual). During this initial period, many colonies will move to more suitable locations and begin intensive reproduction. Initially, worker ants will be produced, followed by the emergence of new queens, and the budding of new offspring colonies. This is the most crucial aspect of the entire process. The speed of appearance and the size of the offspring colonies strongly depend on the quality and density of the initial number of introduced colonies.

Proper colonization is indicated by ant foraging trails created along the edges of the rooms, leading to food sources, which can significantly accelerate the development of our Monomorium pharaonis population.

A special option is to eliminate bed bugs in an infested area using conventional methods and then, after 1-2 weeks (once the effect of the treatment has worn off), introduce ant colonies to maintain the long-lasting pest control effect. This approach ensures an immediate effect while preserving its durability. There is no need to wait for the ant colonization of the area to stabilize, as the space is already free from bed bugs right away.