It’s ghost season. Ghost ant season, that is. You’ve may have seen them and can identify them because of their unusual coloring and long trails to their nests. Ghost ants are opaque or transparent which makes them, just like a ghost, very difficult to see. They are extremely small and love to live in the tiny cracks and crevices of your home.
Ghost ants are extremely cooperative.
These ants are interesting to learn about because they’ve figured out how to do something humans have not – they get along with each other. Even if they are in a different colony. Ghost ants have multiple queens and are known to create sub-colonies where some reproductive females and broods (larvae, eggs) can relocate to another colony with no infighting for power. It seems that they figured out that working together makes them stronger. Hmm.
They are annoying but not dangerous.
They feast on sweet things, so the best defense is a clean house. Keep sugar, syrup, cakes and all those goodies locked up in airtight containers and wipe down surfaces to remove crumbs. If that doesn’t work, our technicians love to follow ant trails to find the nest and treat at the source. If it’s not possible to do that, we’ll use baiting techniques. These ants can be a bit picky sometimes though and not take the bait, so we may have to try a few different options. Inside, you’ll find ghost ants most commonly in kitchens and bathrooms, on sinks, countertops, and floors. Fun fact – if you crush them, they smell kind of like rotten coconuts.