Ghost Ants in Central Florida
Ghost Ants, like their name suggests, are difficult to detect. They are tiny and have a pale color that your eyes may not detect easily. They have an African and Asian origin, and in the United States, they are mostly found in central Florida and Hawaii. You will hardly find them in the northern areas of the United States.
Biology of Ghost Ants
Ghost Ants have a dark-brown head with pale-yellowish legs and abdomen. They have six legs with an unevenly rounded body shape. Their dark-brown thorax is spineless, and their workers are about 1.3 to 1.5 mm long.
Habits of Ghost Ants
Ghost Ants build moderate to large colonies of thousands of workers and queens. You will find ghost ants feeding on things like honeydew, living insects, and dead insects. Ghost ants, when they make it into your home, are mostly found in the kitchen as they enjoy sweet foods. When looking for ghost ants outside in the open environment, you will find them mostly in the ground, crevices and cavities of dead tree branches, inside logs, in between leaves and under stones. They usually get into the house by trailing foundation walls, patios, and sidewalks.
In the house, you will find ghost ants in cabinets, potted plants, wall voids, and behind baseboards. The workers hide along electrical wires and carpet edges where no one can easily see them. They have a high preference and need for moisture; thus, you will find them around sources of water such as bathtubs, sinks, shower stalls, etc.
What is Blaum's Strategy For Controlling Central Florida Ghost Ants?
We also search for nesting spots within and outside the house. Ghost ants usually build their colonies under decomposing and moist materials like dead tree branches, logs, and leaves. They may also build their colonies along walkways and under stones. If there is no trail outside, the ants may have already built a nesting space inside the house around spots like potted plants, sinks, cabinets, cupboards, and drawers.
Getting rid of ghost ants depends on where they are in your house. If you can easily reach any ant trail or nest, an insecticide spray will work effectively. However, in most cases, you will need the help of a specialist team to detect and tackle the problem. This is where Blaum’s Termite and Pest Control can help. We visit the site and apply the most effective ghost ant extermination methods, and you will never have to worry about these insects ever again.
There is a possibility of having a ghost ant infestation problem, especially if you fail to follow our prevention instructions. Our team will schedule routine inspection and maintenance for your property to make sure the problem never comes back, and your home stays free of ghost ants.
At Blaum’s Termite and Pest Control, our team is always available to inspect your home for ghost ants. We have a team of specialists dedicated to ensuring that homes in Central Florida do not have pest problems. Put a call through today, and a representative will be with you.