Pest Control Charlotte County
Pest Control Charlotte County

Ghost Ants

Ghost ants are found in the southeast of the US and they can be identifying features are;

Very small 1/16 of an inchThey have a dark brown head and thorax but the abdomen, legs, and antennae are pale in color.

Ghost ants will run rapidly and erratically when disturbed.

Ghost ants are relatively small, measuring 1.3 to 2.4 millimeters in length. They are typically pale yellow or light orange in color with a dark abdomen, thorax, and legs. Like other ant species, they have three body segments – head, thorax, and abdomen – but unlike many other ant species, they do not have any visible constrictions that separate these segments.

Ghost Ants

Description

  • Very small 1/16 of an inchThey have a dark brown head and thorax but the 
    abdomen, legs, and antennae are pale in color. 
  • Ghost ants will run rapidly and erratically when disturbed. 

Key Biology points of the Ghost Ant

  • Ghost ants are found in Florida and Hawaii along the gulf coast areas.
  • Ghost ants are opportunistic nesters. They can be found nesting in such places 
    as small cracks and crevices to include spaces between books and in potted 
    plants.
  • Outdoor sites include areas under bark, palm fronds, leaf litter, tree holes, hollow 
    plant stems, fence posts, bark mulch, under stones, and hollow parts of screen 
  • Ghost ants feed on things such as dead and live insects, sweet honeydew 
    produced by the aphids on plants and mealybugs. 
     

Inspection tips for Ghost Ants

  • Potential nesting sites can be found in any landscape feature. 
  • Pull Turf/vegetation away from foundations, trees, and pavement to expose the 
    colonies. 
  • Check expansion joints and where two slabs of concrete meet for possible entry
    points as well as where walls and floors meet and around windows openings and
    sills of windows.
  • Check hollows of screen enclosures, metal fence poles, awnings, etc for ants. 

Conducive conditions for Ghost Ants

  • A conducive condition is any area that provides needed elements to meet the 
    needs for survival and nesting.
  • Remove/minimize thick layers of mulch or leaf litter that has accumulated near a 
    structure. 
  • Trim any trees or vegetation that makes contact with walls or roof. 
  • Remove piles of debris from your property. 
  • Trailing these guys back to the nesting area is difficult but control is hard without 
    the proper knowledge and equipment to gain the contro
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