This species was introduced into the U.S. from Africa or Asia and has become an invasive household pest in areas of high humidity including much of Florida.

  • Can develop large colonies with many queens
  • Can divide
    or colony typically in July or August in south Florida
  • After colony formation, the Ghost ant queen is
    eventually replaced by the fertile workers
  • They can occupy many other ghost ant nest sites interconnected by foraging trails or divide to form new colonies
  • Large colonies can have multiple nesting sites and aggressive foraging around and into homes


Empire Pest Control has shown that thorough baiting programs for Ghost ants, guided by diligent observations of foraging trails and likely nesting areas, will allow optimal suppression.

Ghost ants respond best to sweet, liquid baits, these must be replenished by Empire pest control to remain attractive to ghost ant foragers. Empire will also check to see if aphids are in nearby bushes this can also affect your ghost ant populations. Use of residual sprays indoors or outdoors on Ghost ants can also be effective - and if Ghost ants are foraging or nesting in wall voids or attics, more treatment may be necessary.