Ghost Ant Appearance and Size Facts
Ghost ants are tiny. On average, they are only 1/16th of an inch and have pale bodies, making them barely spotable with the naked eye. Couple that with their characteristic dark head and pale bodies, and they can very easily sneak by as they scan your house for sources of food.
Identifying Ghost Ants From Other Ants
These ants can be incredibly difficult to spot, making identification tricky. Ghost ants’ almost transparent bodies and dark heads and thoraxes are primary characteristics – when you can spot them, that is! Especially since these ants can be hard to even see, it is best to work with a pest control professional to identify and assess a suspected ghost ant infestation.
Behavior and Habitat of Ghost Ants
Ghost ants are also known as “sugar ants” for their preference for sugary substances. They will actively seek out any spilled sodas or sweet foods they can find in your home, often coming in through tiny cracks and openings in your home that other pests may not fit through.
Like most ants, they will follow each other in straight lines on pheromone trails. It’s important to eliminate any scouts you may see before they can communicate back with the colony because once they do, the rest will be on their way.
Signs of Infestation of Ghost Ants
These ants are often found nesting in kitchens and bathrooms, making them a concerning pest for homeowners. Signs of ghost ant infestation may include visible trails or clusters of ants, particularly near sources of moisture or food. Another indicator is the presence of small piles of debris or frass near the nest. It is important to take action as soon as possible if you suspect a Florida ghost ant infestation, as they can quickly establish a large colony and cause damage to your home.
Tips for Prevention of Ghost Ants
Like other ants and household pests, ghost ants make their way to your space in search of food, water, and shelter. Therefore, eliminating as many food and water sources as possible can help make your home a bit less appealing to these ants. Clean up your kitchen and eating areas, and promptly store leftovers and dump out liquids.
To help limit entry paths for ghost ants, you’ll also want to inspect the exterior of your home and seal up gaps and cracks. Given ghost ants’ small size, you’ll want to be cognizant of even the smallest gaps during your inspections and repairs. Additionally, trim foliate away from the sides of your home to help eliminate easy pathways for ants to get up to window sills and cracks in the side of your home.
Getting Rid of Ghost Ants
If you’ve noticed pesky Florida ghost ants roaming around your home, you may be wondering how to get rid of them. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to completely eradicate these invasive pests without professional help, especially when you need to keep the safety of pets and children in mind. That’s where Hulett comes in.
Effective Ghost Ant Control Solutions
Let the entomologist-trained team of experts at Hulett help you keep your home or business free from ghost ants. Our pet and people-friendly pest solutions are ready to take up the fight against ghost ants and any other pest you may have nearby. Schedule your pest control inspection today, and take back control of your space.