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February 09, 2008 12:52AM
Anyone know about the ghost ant that are all over the USA?
1/16 of a inch 1.5mm black head white body.

and any stories of the ghost ant, and trying to get rid of the little insect>

February 09, 2008 03:23AM


Ghost ants look like tiny, white apparitions who suddenly appear and seem to disappear just as quickly.

Workers are are 1/16 inch/1.5 mm in length. The legs, pedicel, gaster, and antennae are pale, almost translucent, in color and the head and thorax are darker. For this reason, the ghost ant is also known in some areas as the black-headed ant.

Colonies of ghost ants tend to be moderate to large in size and multiple queens are present.New colonies are started by "budding" where one or more reproductive females, several workers, and possibly some brood(larvae and pupae) migrate to a new nesting site. Their biology in similar to the Pharoah ant.
An excellent article by Univ. of Florida Extension Service can be found at Ant Trails:Baiting. It gives an overview of management with baits.
The use of residual sprays or dusts will cause stress on the colonies,
causing them to split into sub-colonies that scatter to other areas in the structure. This is also called budding. After spraying, your problem can be worse than at the beginning. When you bait, you will want a slow acting bait. Quick kill insecticides and baits will only kill the foraging ants, not allowing the foraging ants to take the bait back home to feed the queen, nest workers and brood. If the current ant bait that you are using is not acceptable to the ants, if they are not visiting the bait, it is recommended that you change the baits.
Ants require carbohydrates-sugars, proteins and greases. They find a variety of these sources in nature. Examples are: other insects(proteins and greases), nectar, aphid honeydew , plant products(sugar and carbohydrates) Choosing a bait would require knowing what they are currently feeding off of, according to the nutritional needs of the colony. To be sure that you have all the baiting needs met, you may want to be ready with a sugar-carbohydrate bait, a grease-fat bait, and a protein based bait. Ghost ants tend to forage in a more random pattern than does the pharaoh ant, so that feeding trails may be more difficult to recognize. These ants have a high need for water and may be commonly found in or around kitchens, baths or other moisture sources. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMOVE ANY OTHER FOOD COMPETITION WHEN BAITING AND LEAVE THE BAIT ALONE ONCE THE ANTS START FEEDING ON IT.
February 09, 2008 09:19AM
i did the same post in more detail the day before but for some reason got deleated by the moderator.perhaps he thought i was making it up.and info on the ghost ants sometimes has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
and facts are fact.thanks for that blazeiyah.


In 1997 our big (over 1,000 flats) council (sink estate) housing; US housing projects; we came across the Ghost Ant.At that time the estate was over run by Pharoah ants which when i phoned up the natural histoty museum in london to talk to the insect expert, he had never heard of the ghost ants or by their latin name and wanted my to send some in.I then asked him about the Pharoah Ant and he said they were first in the UK in the 1950`s but couldnt be sure to pin it down, but they came from egypt more than likley from when the british army left north arfica in the 50`s and was transported with them back to the uk.At that time in the late 50`s they started putting up tower block mostly for housing poor peoples peoples projects which is a perfect subsitute for pyrimids and you though the humans built the pyrimids smart them little ants. that was just my penny in the pot.
Our estate had both types of ant at the same time, and over the next few years 1997-1999 them was a big battle of who is the master ant the Pharaohs or the Ghost Ants the ghost picked up a lot of tactics off the pharoahs and also got rid of the pharaoh ant and we were left with the ghost ant running riot, the little critters.You have heard of the killer bees, the killer ant and was it introduced to the uk just to sort out the pharaoh and now were stuck with the ghost and dont know how to get rid of them.
The council would be coming to set chemical baits like mr chemical.ali and its not always the best way to just blast them and the tenants with chemicals.with baits and spraying.
That get hardened to whatever new chemiacl they invent and use so its a losing battle and a hard sell for a pest control company.

The natural way is better.Borax the old style washing powder is good as well as a natural cleaner.
If your house proud bleach and cleaners aint gonna help you will be using 4 bottles of bleach a day and it do nt work and that gets to be a lot of money in a week not to mention getting in your sugar and tea leafs they like and also the fridge.
Their nests can be ane nomadic and can up the whole nest quick in a hurry if under threat. they have more than one queen in the nest so they are looking for more turf, so the belly of the best middle of the octopus with many arms of of ants octopus looking for more turf and spending.
it was first found by man as a new type of ant in the first part of the 1990`s came from the everglades in Florida and when they built the roads to link up the mainland with the keyes it came oon to the main land. it came from islands, also Cube Puerto Rico and has spread as far north as canada and the UK.
more to come.

Peace & Guidances

edit on spelling

Post Edited (02-09-08 01:31)
February 10, 2008 04:50AM
April 28, 2008 09:34AM
Was it really there.They like electrical magnectic fields, such as plugs sockets and friidges and kettles.
Being a nomadic headqurters they can build nests in plug sockets and the kettle.
Whats one of the first things you do when you get up? put the kettle on: to late the ghost ants have now gone from the kettle to cralwing up your arms.Then you get the teabags. Ghost ants love tea, and before you`ve opened your eyes proper they are running amock.
You can spend $70USD a week on bleach and cleaner but your just pouring it down the drain.
Here in England with our sink estates (projects) they are finding it better to knock them down rather than deal with the ghost ants.
o sort out the ghost ant without chemicals is the answer.
April 28, 2008 05:23PM
I have never had a problem with ants, fire ants ghost ants red ants. My dog Hoover takes care of my ant problem.


April 28, 2008 06:48PM
sounds like a job for these guys...

April 28, 2008 07:58PM
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May 16, 2008 05:49AM
>this just in from texas>>>

DALLAS - In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.

The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as "crazy rasberry ants" — crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and "rasberry" after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on.

"They're itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they're just running everywhere," said Patsy Morphew of Pearland, who is constantly sweeping them off her patio and scooping them out of her pool by the cupful. "There's just thousands and thousands of them. If you've seen a car racing, that's how they are. They're going fast, fast, fast. They're crazy."

The ants — formally known as "paratrenicha species near pubens" — have spread to five Houston-area counties since they were first spotted in Texas in 2002.

The newly recognized species is believed to have arrived in a cargo shipment through the port of Houston. Scientists are not sure exactly where the ants came from, but their cousins, commonly called crazy ants, are found in the Southeast and the Caribbean.

"At this point, it would be nearly impossible to eradicate the ant because it is so widely dispersed," said Roger Gold, a Texas A&M University entomologist.

The good news? They eat fire ants, the stinging red terrors of Texas summers.

But the ants also like to suck the sweet juices from plants, feed on such beneficial insects as ladybugs, and eat the hatchlings of a small, endangered type of grouse known as the Attwater prairie chicken.

They also bite humans, though not with a stinger like fire ants.

Worse, they, like some other species of ants, are attracted to electrical equipment, for reasons that are not well understood by scientists.

They have ruined pumps at sewage pumping stations, fouled computers and at least one homeowner's gas meter, and caused fire alarms to malfunction. They have been spotted at NASA's Johnson Space Center and close to Hobby Airport, though they haven't caused any major problems there yet.

Exterminators say calls from frustrated homeowners and businesses are increasing because the ants — which are starting to emerge by the billions with the onset of the warm, humid season — appear to be resistant to over-the-counter ant killers.

"The population built up so high that typical ant controls simply did no good," said Jason Meyers, an A&M doctoral student who is writing his dissertation on the one-eighth-inch-long ant.

It's not enough just to kill the queen. Experts say each colony has multiple queens that have to be taken out.

At the same time, the ants aren't taking the bait usually left out in traps, according to exterminators, who want the Environmental Protection Agency to loosen restrictions on the use of more powerful pesticides.

And when you do kill these ants, the survivors turn it to their advantage: They pile up the dead, sometimes using them as a bridge to cross safely over surfaces treated with pesticide.

"It looked like someone had come along and poured coffee granules all around the perimeter of the rooms," said Lisa Calhoun, who paid exterminators $1,200 to treat an infestation of her parents' home in the Houston suburb of Pearland.

The Texas Department of Agriculture is working with A&M researchers and the EPA on how to stop the ants.

"This one seems to be like lava flowing and filling an entire area, getting bigger and bigger," said Ron Harrison, director of training for the big pest-control company Orkin Inc.