The Ghost Ant
These creepy ghost ants seem to appear just as quickly as they disappear. Found both inside and outside, they are a pest you definitely don’t want making an apparition in your home. Knowing how to identify, prevent, and eliminate them is key in your battle against these sneaky little ants.
HOW TO IDENTIFY GHOST ANTS
Ghost ants are small and white. They usually grow to around 1/16 of an inch in length. They get their name from the pale, nearly translucent coloring of their legs, antennae, and pedicle. The head and thorax of these ants, however, are dark. This gives them the appearance of being partially invisible, and when they move quickly it may indeed seem like they are disappearing.
Appearance, Behavior, and Signs
These ants live in large colonies with multiple queens. These colonies are started from the process of budding, in which a reproductive female and several works migrate to a new nesting site. They can live in just about any nesting location, and tend to prefer sheltered areas like bases of plant pots, under grass, and under bark outdoors. Inside, they tend to nest between baseboards or inside cabinetry.
These ants eat everything from sweets to greasy proteins. They also eat honeydew and honeydew-excreting insects. While ghost ants are usually found in tropical areas, preferring warm weather, they can also be found in areas of heat, such as greenhouses, in northern states.