Ants are the 3rd pest problem in the country. Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home.


Ghost Ants: Facts, Identification & Control

Argentine Ant

 

Ghost Ant(corpse ants)

Tapinoma.melanocephalum

Appearance:

• Dark head..
• Pale / Translucent legs and abdomen..
• 1/16 inch long



Habit:

Nest are built in the soil around structures under rocks and boards on the surface, and indoors in cracks and crevices.

Inside structures, they are often found around sink an kitchen area with lots of moisture.

They are fond to feed on sugar-based food materials.



Detection:

1.The ant is easily recognized due to its peculiar color markings and small size. Foragers are seen in kitchens and bathrooms on sinks, counters, and floors. When crushed, the workers emit an odor similar to that of rotten coconuts.

2.The ghost ant is in the same genus as the odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile (Say). However, the ghost ant is smaller and colored differently since the odorous house ant is entirely dark brown to black.

3.The Pharaoh ant is also similar to this species but the ghost ant only has one node on its pedicel compared to two on the pedicel of the Pharaoh ant. Other bi-colored, one-node ants either tend to be much larger or the node on the pedicel is visible from above.

 

4. In Malaysia they are known as "corpse ants" because of the unpleasant odour they secrete when crushed.





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