The ghost ant is a type of pest that first appeared in Florida in the late 1980s. Since then, the ants have become common across south and central Florida. They can even become found in northern states as long as they have a greenhouse or a warm building that they can survive in. Native to Asia or Africa, these ants have spread across the world by global trade.
A Widespread Problem
Although the ghost ant prefers the tropics, it has quickly adapted to different regions in the United States. It reached Texas in the 1990s and has set up colonies in Hawaii. In addition, it has moved into other states like Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, Washington and Texas. Unlike some ant species, the ghost ant is considered an opportunistic nester. This means that if you have a comfortable location like a flower pot, between books, greenhouses and in wall voids you may also have a ghost ant hiding there.
Do You Have Ghost Ants?
With its ghostly appearance, this insect is fairly easy to recognize. The head and thorax are a deep brown color, while the abdomen and legs are a milky white. In the home, these ants will scour sinks, floors and countertops for any food that they can find. If you happen to crush one of the workers, the smell that emanates from the ants resembles rotten coconuts.
Protecting Your Home
The first line of defense is prevention. Your main goal is to keep your home clean and store food in tight containers. Any plant that produces honeydew can attract ghost ants, so remove these from the home. Likewise, try to limit any sources of moisture like dripping faucets or leaks. If food or water is left out, it will be used to keep the ant colony going. To ensure that ghost ants do not want to take up residence in your home, you have to remove all resources that they could survive on. When prevention does not work, you can look for the trails of the ghost and leave a bait. If you do not find any ants in the bait after a few days, then move it to a different location. The main colony can also be treated to kill off any remaining ants.
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