Ghost Ant

Tapinoma Melanocephalum
Ghost Ant

Appearance: Ghost ant gets its name because of its size and the pale color of its legs and abdomen, which makes it difficult to be seen and look like they are floating when walking. They have a dark head and thorax and are 1.3 to 1.5 mm in size.

Behavior: Ghost ant is very small and can enter the building through doors and windows with gaps, enter through cracks in the foundation, and sometimes is carried in through ornamental plants that have been infested. They eat sugary foods, cereals, and so on. they can nest indoors and outdoors.

Sign of Infestation: By findings of ant colonies and nests, and ant foraging behavior.

Diseases/Contamination: Allergy and contamination in food materials.

Prevention: By reducing food sources that are potentially preferred by ants like food that contain sugar and carbohydrates, by closing any potential access, and by reducing humidity.

Reproduction: After mating, the ant queen will find a nest and start laying her eggs. The queen will provide care of the eggs, larvae, and pupae until the first worker ants appear. The workers start taking care of the colony and collected food. While the workers play a role in expanding the colony, the queen kept on laying eggs. The colonies are mature when wings are formed in males and females’ mate.