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Getting Rid Of Those Pesky Ghost Ants In Your Lee County Residence

September 15, 2022 - Ants

Ghost ants resemble teeny apparitions that seem to emerge and vanish with the blink of an eye, which explains the ants’ namesake. Their bodies are extra-small and pale, with a common complaint being that they’re tough to see. But don’t be fooled by ghost ants’ incognito appearance: these tiny pests can invade in large numbers and pose problems for Lee County homeowners.

Going unseen, ghost ants will travel up to 300 feet away from their nests to search for food. If your home is their final destination, they’ll be sure to return—and with friends. Get rid of ghost ants on your Lee County property quickly and safely, with help from Lee County pest control

Read on to learn how to identify ghost ants and the problems they bring to your Lee County home. We also offer a few tips on preventing a ghost ant reinfestation and point you in the direction of the easiest way to get rid of ghost ants. 

Is This A Ghost Ant?

Ghost ants resemble tiny flecks that disappear as quickly as they appear, making them hard to notice. Worker ants are a mere 1.5 millimeters long, equivalent to the thickness of a grain of rice.

Ghost ants’ bodies are pale and semi-translucent, including the antennae, except for the head and thorax, which are darker. 

The Problems Ghost Ants Bring To Your Lee County Home 

Ants are mostly nuisance pests, but having ghost ants in your home can bring a few unwanted problems.

First, like all ants, ghost ants are known to transmit bacteria. When inside, ants spread bacteria across surfaces and in foods they contaminate, causing sickness for people and pets. Some of the diseases ghost ants are known to spread include:

  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella

Second, ghost ants are prey to larger (albeit still very small) pests, including the larvae of small beetles, butterflies, moths, skippers, and two types of spotted mites. As the lifecycle goes, all of these pests have predators, and ghost ants can cause a domino effect attracting more pests to your Lee County property over time.

How To Prevent Ghost Ant Reinfestation 

The best method of defense against ghost ants and pests, in general, is prevention. If you’re wondering how to get rid of ghost ants in your Lee County home and prevent them from returning, you’ll need to consider the following two beginner steps:

  1. Contact your local pest controller. For homeowners, ghost ants’ small size can complicate the handling of an infestation simply because these ants are hard to see. Pest controllers are skilled in handling ghost ants in Lee County safely, effectively, and in no time at all. 
  2. Get rid of the foods they like. Outdoors, ghost ants feed on live and dead ants, but they prefer aphids, small, sap-sucking insects that feed on plant juices and secrete honeydew, a sweet substance. Consider removing plants that attract aphids, such as tomatoes, kale, lettuce, cabbage, mustard, and nasturtium. Indoors, ghost ants are out for sugar, syrup, and cereal and are in kitchens.

Removing aphids’ can reduce the ghost ants outside your home, and you can prevent these ants inside by not leaving sweet foods out.

The Easiest Way To Get Rid Of Ghost Ants

If you’re wondering how to get rid of ghost ants once and for all, the answer is with regularly scheduled pest control

A Bug's Life Pest Management is a local, family-owned, and operated company providing solutions for Lee County homes and business owners. Serving area residents’ pest problems for over 30 years, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service, affordable pricing, and guaranteed results to keep your home safe and pest-free.

If you’re having issues with ghost ants or any other pests, contact A Bug's Life Pest Management today.

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