Southwest Florida pest control companies have noticed an increase in the number of calls regarding ant infestations, particularly ghost ants.
The tropical ants arrived in Florida man years ago via boxes, crates, potted plants and other overseas shipments. Ghost ants are excellent nesters and adapt easily. Their colonies are moderate to large and consist of thousands of workers and numerous queens.
Ghost ants got their name because they can be hard to spot due to their size and coloring. The ants measure less than 1/16 of an inch and have small, pale legs and abdomens and dark heads and thoraxes. A fun little fact about these tiny pests is they smell like coconut when crushed.
While ghost ants can’t sting and typically won’t bite, they can cause harm to humans because they easily spread food-borne illnesses like salmonella. This type of ant is attracted to all food sources, but they are especially drawn to sweets .
Since ghost ants can be difficult to spot until hundreds have invaded your space, it is best to take some preventative measures to keep them outside where they belong.