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Ghost Ants

What do ghost ants look like?

Ghost ants have a dark head and thorax and pale colored legs, abdomen, and antennae which give them a “ghost-like” appearance and making it more difficult to spot them.  These are small ants in which adults only grow to be about 1.3 to 1.5 mm in length.  Ghost ants are related to odorous house ants and also give off a rotten coconut smell if they are crushed.

Are ghost ants dangerous?

Ghost ants do not sting and will generally only bite if their nest is being directly threatened. If they do bite, it is usually note painful and does not cause any issues for people.  They can transfer disease organisms since they are commonly found invading both kitchen and bathrooms areas.

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Ghost Ants   |  Tapinoma melanocephalum

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Why do I have ghost ants?

Ghost ants often enter into homes while foraging for food. They like to feed on sweets, greasy foods, and other insects. Ghost ants are a type of tropical ant and are often transported in boxes, crates, potted plants and other goods that are shipped. These proficient travelers can be introduced into homes in packages that are delivered or in potted plants that are purchased and brought into homes.

Where do ghost ants nest?

Ghost ants are very difficult to eliminate from homes and properties because they often split their colonies up and have multiple nesting areas both inside and outside. Outdoors, ghost ants can typically be found nesting in the ground, beside rocks, and in log and firewood piles. Inside of homes and other buildings they nest in flower pots, behind baseboards, and behind wall voids.

How do I get rid of ghost ants?

The best way to get rid of a problem with ghost ants is to call a professional pest control expert like our team here at Hoffer's. Ghost ants are very difficult to get rid of because of their multiple nesting locations. All of the nests need to be found and eliminated to truly control and eliminate them. Our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge you need to do this safely and quickly. If ghost ants have invaded your home contact the pros here at Hoffer's today.

Ghost ant prevention tips

Preventing ghost ants from getting into your home can be tricky which is why it is best left to the experts, but there are some steps you can take to help prevent an infestation.

  • Trim back trees and shrubs from the exterior of your home and buildings because ghost ants will use their branches to gain easy access into your home.

  • Keep a barrier between any mulch or grass and your home’s foundation.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and caulk any open space around windows and doors.

  • Make sure that all screens are completely intact.

  • Store trash in outdoors cans away from the outside of your home and only use ones with locking lids.

  • Keep any wood or log piles away from your home.

  • Seal gaps in your home’s foundation and around utility entrances.

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