• Scientific name

    Tapinoma melanocephalum


    Very small with dark head and thorax, pale coloured legs and abdomen. Workers are 1.3-1.5mm long. The Ghost Ant is related to the Oderous Ant and similarly when crushed produces an odour similar to coconut oil.


    The Queen lays the eggs which go through the complete metamorphosis and become colony members.


    Very common pest of homes and businesses. They are very small and hard to see.
    Nests are hard to locate and require a thorough inspection to ascertain just where they are coming from. Being so small it only requires a tiny opening. Care must be taken with this and some other ant species when carrying out a treatment. The right products must be used as when the colony senses danger they will bud off by separating a queen and some workers to form a new nest.

    So where there was one problem now there is two. Ghost ants also like to move the entire colony from time to time as a survival measure. Today they may be in the bathroom tomorrow they may be in the kitchen or both. Because they are so small the entire colony can fit in a very tiny space The Ghost Ant generally prefer the tropics and nest indoors and outdoors in virtually any void or tight space. They seem to prefer tight spaces and are often found behind wall tiles and skirtings. They are a true tramp and will move into luggage where they are transported all over the world. Outdoors they can be found under rocks, logs and bricks in the garden.


    They have a preference for sugary liquids like honeydew but will feed on live and dead insects as well.