Ghost Ants

Identification

  • Colour Dark head and thorax, milky white abdomen
  • Size From 1.3 mm to 2.5 mm long
  • Description Ghost ants have an almost translucent abdomen and move in an erratic and rapid way.
  • Notes When crushed underfoot, they give off the distinct odour of rotten coconuts.

General Facts

Why do I have ghost ants?

Ghost ants nests are found in soil, rotten wood, under tree bark and leaf litter, in plant cavities, potted plants, bread boxes, baseboards, cabinets, shower rods, and greenhouses.

In the wild, they eat live and dead insects, including aphids and spider mites, but in human homes, ghost ants are attracted to sweet and greasy food.

How worried should I be about ghost ants?

Ghost ants do not bite, but they are a nuisance and can cause property damage. They usually have multiple nesting sites in odd places, which can make it tough to find and remove them.

You may be able to use store-bought bait to deal with smaller infestations of ghost ants, but to tackle a large infestation, professional pest control services are essential.

How can I prevent ghost ants invading?

Check for cracks in the foundation, around doors and windows, Use caulking to seal all possible points of entry for ghost ants, Keep mulch away from your foundations and greenhouse, Regularly check for ghost ant nests in the ground, Clean up crumbs and food spills immediately.

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