Color: Pale Legs & Abdomen
Size: 1.3 to 1.5mm
Scientific Name: Tapinoma melanocephalum
Ghost Ant FAQs
Do ghost ants bite humans?
Ghost ants (Tapinoma melanocephalum) do not sting and usually do not bite unless their nest is threatened. Most incidents of ghost ant bites result in a little discomfort and little or no evidence of a reaction to the bite.
Why do I have ghost ants?
Plants that produce honeydew, improperly stored food, and even leaky toilets and sinks will attract ghost ants. They look for places around your home that have moisture and are near sugar.
Is it hard to get rid of ghost ants?
You can use an over-the-counter ant killer, like Raid, or you can call a professional exterminator. If you want to try to get rid of them yourself, the first step is finding their nest. Ghost ants are most commonly found in moist environments, so look around the exterior of your house, like in piles of wood or mulch.
Why are they called ghost ants?
Ghost ants get their common name from the fact that they are very hard to see due to their pale color and tiny size. They are a tropical species, probably of African or Asian origin.