Ghost ants are known as "ghosts" because when they run around on
light surfaces their transparent abdomens and legs seem to vanish;
leaving just the dark head and thorax visible. On darker surfaces,
all you see are pale patches moving about.
||Dark head & thorax; pale abdomen & legs
||One node segment, hidden under abdomen; uneven thorax no spines
||1/16th inch long
These ants can develop very large colonies, with many queens, and
colonies can divide or split through a budding process similar to
the pharaoh ant and white-footed ant. Ghost ants readily enter
buildings, usually by trailing from nests along guidelines, such as
foundations or via branches. Ghost ants will enter structures from
ground to roof levels. Workers run rapidly and erratically,
trailing along edges and corners. Indoor trails are hidden, under
carpet edges and along electrical wires in wall voids. Because
ghost ants have high moisture needs, they often trail to sinks,
wash basins, commodes and shower stalls. Outdoor trails can be
found behind grass and/or mulch lining sidewalks, patios and
These ants generally nest outdoors under mulch, rocks, boards or
other items, or under loose bark of trees and in lumber and
This ant does not bite or sting, or cause any structural damage,
but many homeowners consider it a nuisance due to their frequent
foraging bathrooms and around exteriors of homes or buildings.
Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as Ghost Ants are attracted
to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the
house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the
bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your
home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored
next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.