Project Description

Ghost Ants

(Tapinoma melanocephalum)

Appearance
The ghost ant’s pale color can make it difficult to spot. Its antennae, legs, and abdomen are white or whitish-yellow in color; spots of dull brown can be seen on their heads and thoraxes.

Size
Less than 1/16″; smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen.

[jbox title=”Interesting Fact”] The contrasting light and dark patches on a ghost ant’s body allows it to pass unnoticed on just about any surface. On light surfaces, only the dark spots are visible; on dark surfaces, only a hint of white can be seen. This camouflage ability gives the ghost ant its name.[/jbox]

Behavior
The minuscule size of ghost ants makes them a stubborn home invader. They’re able to enter through poorly sealed windows, tiny gaps in the roof, or cracked foundations. Ghost ants move their colonies from place to place by carrying pupae and larvae to new nest locations. They are known as a “tramp” ant and move in a slow, deliberate manner. They prefer to eat sugar and other sweet foods when inside buildings though in the wild will eat other insects.

Habitat
Ghost ants will make a nest inside any moist, damp nook they can find; porches are prime locations for nests because the area is sheltered and cool. The small spaces behind kitchen cabinets or underneath baseboards are also likely nesting locations; if ghost ants settle in a building, they’re likely to be seen trailing through bathrooms and kitchens looking for moisture. A single population of ghost ants may contain multiple queens supported by sub-colonies.

 


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