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Ghost Ant

Actual Size: 1.3 to 1.5 mm

Characteristics: Tiny; head and thorax are dark and the body is light, almost translucent.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: They prefer warm, humid environments and are frequently encountered in indoor settings such as homes, hospitals, restaurants, and other buildings. Outdoors, they can be found nesting in leaf litter, soil, under rocks, and in plant pots.


  • Omnivorous scavengers that feed on a wide range of food sources, including sweets, proteins, fats, and insects.
  • Their nests are typically inconspicuous and can be challenging to locate due to their small size and cryptic behavior.
  • Can be particularly problematic in kitchens and bathrooms, where they may contaminate food and come into contact with people.

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Ghost Ants in Kailua Kona

Ghost ants, prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions, are frequent household nuisances in Kailua Kona. They are adaptable to temperate climates and are typically encountered indoors within buildings and structures. Colonies vary in size from moderate to large, housing anywhere from 100 to 1000 individuals, often with multiple queens present. Notably, ghost ants emit a unique coconut odor when crushed. Distinguished by their dark heads, light bodies, and diminutive size, these ants are easily identifiable. Foraging workers are commonly sighted in kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as on countertops and floors.

Ghost Ant Habitat

Ghost ants thrive in humid environments, nesting in various locations such as soil, decaying wood, beneath bark, within leaf litter, and inside plant crevices. Indoors, they establish nests in potted plants, bread boxes, shower curtain rods, behind baseboards, and between cabinets. Entry into buildings occurs through cracks around windows, doors, and soffits. Outdoors, their nests are situated in soil near foundations, porches, shrubs, and trees. They also favor nesting in the hollow framing of pool enclosures. Additionally, these pests may infiltrate structures via surrounding vegetation.

Ghost Ant Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Ghost ants are non-stinging and typically only resort to biting when provoked. Indoors, their activity is commonly centered in the kitchen, although infestations can occur in any room. Homeowners often find them frustrating as they trail from room to room, particularly under the edges of carpeting. In kitchens, they are attracted to sweets but also consume grease. They cultivate homopterans, feeding on the honeydew they produce, and prey on both live and dead insects. As ghost ants require moisture, they frequently travel to areas with water sources such as shower stalls, bathtubs, sinks, and toilets. If you suspect a ghost ant infestation, it is best to consult a licensed ant exterminator.