Ant Infestations in Hospitals No Small Problem

Dallas, Texas (PressExposure) April 20, 2009 -- "Creepy crawlers" don't discriminate; wherever there's easy access to a good source of food, you're likely to find rodents or insects taking up residence nearby. This is why institutional public buildings like hospitals are attractive to pests. The food storage or waste disposal areas of a hospital are just as likely as a residential kitchen to attract ants. Unfortunately, ants will find worse places in a hospital to take up residence than the kitchen and the result can be like something out of a horror movie. When Pharaoh ants in hospitals get into supply cupboards they can do more than feast on glucose solutions. Ants are able to chew through sterile packaging which is very problematic considering pharaoh ants in hospitals may transmit more than a dozen pathogens including Salmonella, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. When an ant enters an intravenous tube, the health of the patient it's used on can be greatly compromised. Ant problems in hospitals don't stop in supply cupboards either. These disease carrying ants are small enough to fit through holes in gauze bandages where they will then feed on open wounds of surgery patients and burn victims. Ants have been discovered eating not only burn wounds but also the ointments applied to them. Newborn babies are also at high risk for attracting ants who will feed on their saliva and even the skin of premature infants. In a particularly disturbing instance in a hospital in Kolkata, India, red ants ate the eye of a comatose diabetic patient who had recently undergone cataract surgery. Obviously, ants are more problematic in hospitals than most people would ever imagine, but controlling a pest problem in a hospital is exponentially more complicated than eliminating an ant problem at home. Hospitals are places of healing for people with weakened immune systems, respiratory illness and many patients, staff members and visitors have special sensitivities to chemicals and perfumes. Upon entering a hospital, one should assume that they're entering a safe environment, but when pest problems in hospitals are treated with chemical pesticides, this is not the case. Chemical pesticides contribute to indoor air pollution which can trigger allergic reactions and may potentially lead to the development of long-term health effects in hospital patients suffering from respiratory illness and or those with weakened immune systems. According to an article at Health Facilities Management Magazine, there are 37 pesticides with serious side-effects commonly used in hospitals in the United States. Of these, 16 are possible carcinogens, 22 are neurotoxins, 13 are linked with birth defects, 28 cause eye irritation and skin rashes and 18 may cause kidney or liver damage. There is a way to control ant problems in hospitals without the use of dangerous chemical pesticides. Natural products containing boric acid as the main ingredient can effectively kill insects while having no effect on the environment and pose no harm to humans. Boric acid is a natural element of the earth and is 85 times less toxic than ordinary table salt. An additional benefit of using a liquid or gel ant bait containing boric acid instead of a harsh chemical spray is that the ants ingest the poison and take it back to the queen which destroys the entire colony.

About Green Star Group

Uncle Albert's Super Smart Ant Bait is a natural product manufactured by Green Star Group Ltd. It's made with boric acid which kills most types of ants. It's available in gel and liquid forms and can safely be used inside or outside having no harmful effect on the environment.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 19, 2009 at 3:15 pm
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