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Ghost Ants – Get Rid of Ghost Ants

Ghost Ants are tiny but not invisible and not ghostly at all.  Their translucent legs, thorax and antennae make them hard to see.  Like their cousin the Odorous house ant, they smell when crushed.  If Ghost ants are spooking up your home or business, we’ll show you how to make them go away…..


Ghost ants rival Argentine and crazy ants in their persistence in invading buildings.  Its basic biology and habits are similar to those of the Odorous house ant.  For this reason, these ants are often confused.  One identification fact is that Odorous house ants tend to be smaller and workers all the same size.

Pharaoh ants are very similar to Ghost ants.  Their nesting habits are practically the same indoors in that both species like to live in walls voids.  Cosmetically, the Pharaoh ant is almost completely translucent, whereas Ghost ants have a dark head and abdomen. Pharaoh ants also have 2 nodes on the pedicle, the Ghost ant only has a single node.

Where They Are Found

Ghost ants were originally found in Florida, but primarily in the Southern regions.  They have since been reported in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands, Texas and Hawaii and Canada.  They were thought to have been transported to Galveston, Texas from Florida on a shipment of plants.

In the northern areas of the United States and Canada, Ghost ants routinely infest heated greenhouses and other similar buildings as they can only survive in heated structures.

Colonies also frequently form under the loose bark and in cavities of trees, in bird and animal nests and in honey bee hives. The colonies locate themselves in the top of the hives, apparently for the warmth the hive produces. The ants feed little on the honey even though they are ravenous sweet eaters.

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Food Sources

Much like the Argentine ant and the Odorous house ant, Ghost ants ants prefer sweet and sugary foods.  Aphids, mealy bugs and the honeydew secreted by them are their favorite food source.  For this reason, sugary based based baits such Greenway / Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait work well to control them.  Granular baits won’t work since the worker ants don’t eat solid foods.

Ghost ants will readily attack and kill insects and will forage on dead insects in window sills and around outdoor light fixtures. Indoors, Ghost ants show a preference for sweets. They are commonly found inside packages of candy, sugar, and similar foods in kitchen pantries.

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How To Get Rid of Ghost Ants

Spraying liquid pesticides for Ghost ants usually will result in rapid egg laying.  This causes them to multiply faster making them worse.  In order to kill and control these ants, the nest and the queens have to be eradicated and egg laying stopped.  Spraying chemicals on baseboards and in cabinets won’t kill the queens or hidden nest(s) inside the walls.  Spraying outdoor areas can be expensive, time consuming and require repeated frequent applications.  In most cases, using a liquid bait to control them works best.  But it has to be applied outdoors.

Indoor Control

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Gel Baits and Bait Stations

Ghost ants can also be controlled by using Ant Gel Baits such as Advion Ant Gel Bait – if they feed on it.  This bait has to be applied wherever the ants are seen.  It also have to be monitored and replaced as soon as the ants devour it.  Daily inspection of the bait is necessary and re-baiting until the ants are completely gone is essential.  Putting out a gel bait one time will not work in most cases.

If insecticidal dusts,  gel baits don’t seem to be working, then focus your efforts outdoors.  Outdoor control of Ghost ants is key to long term control.  Any indoor control can be short term.  If they are nesting and colonizing outdoors, then an outdoor treatment program is essential to any control effort.

The KM Ant Pro Liquid Bait system is the best overall approach to Ghost ant control and is only used outdoors.

Outdoor Control

Outdoors, Ghost ants live under mulch, bark, rocks, logs and almost anywhere a damp environment exists. Treatment of these areas with a residual liquid insecticide can help and even eliminate them entirely.  These ants can also live in trees and shrubs due to their affinity for aphids and mealy bugs which produce honeydew –  a sugary substance that they love and routinely feed on.

The problem is that a complete treatment of the lawn, trees and shrubs and every possible location where they live can be difficult.

One gallon of liquid pesticide per 1,000 square feet is the normal rate of application. If the lawn or area around the structure is several thousand square feet, it will take many gallons of spray with a hand pump sprayer.  A quarter acre lawn (12,000 square feet) will take 12 + gallons of spray not including trees and shrubs. If on the other hand commercial spraying equipment is available, then this type of treatment may be more realistic.

Phantom and Termidor SC can be applied to foundation areas of homes and buildings up to 2 times per year. These products are not labeled for use on lawns or any where beyond the immediate foundation areas.

Outdoor Baiting

When Ghost ants find the KM Ant Pro dispenser, they begin feeding.  The active ingredient used in Greenway / Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait is boric acid – the same material mentioned earlier in BorActin.  The ants slowly begin dying and over a period of 60-90 days. The nests and colonies soon starve and crash.

The benefit to using outdoor liquid baits, is that the workload and treatment time is reduced drastically.  There also is practically ZERO effect on the environment because no pesticides are used.  The main benefit however is that ants located off premises can be intercepted and killed before they infest and start new nests.   Outdoor baiting can provide a barrier to help prevent future infestations.

The KM Ant Pro Liquid Bait System not only kills Ghost ants indoors, it kills them outdoors.  That’s because ants that infest indoors will go outdoors to find food sources.  The KM Ant Pro System provides this alternative food source.  It’s proven in University testing by the University of California at Riverside and has patents in the USA and in Europe.  If you are looking of an easy solution to killing Ghost ants, there really is nothing easier than the KM Ant Pro System.

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If You Must Spray Pesticides…..

Non-repellent pesticides are not available at hardware stores or most farm and feed stores. Almost all are professional quality and only available through a specialty distributor such as ePestSupply.

Fuse Insecticide and Termidor Foam can also be used. These products can kill Ghost ants, but are not as efficient as liquid baits.  They are also considered moderately toxic making them unsuitable for use in sensitive areas such as hospitals and nurseries.

Insecticide dusts such as Timbor and BorActin can be used inside of walls, voids and cracks and crevices. These products are essentially Boric Acid based, non-repellent and very safe.  Insecticide dusts will not kill the colony and will only kill the exposed worker ants.

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