Common Bradenton Ants: Ghost Ants Vs. Fire Ants

9/10/2019

a large colont of tiny ghost ants crawling up a window in a bradenton florida home

Ants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are large, others are small. Some have bright colors, others are grey or black. Today we will be talking about two small ant species that can pose big problems in and around your Bradenton home: the ghost ant, and the fire ant. You will learn how to tell these two common pests apart as well as learn a quick and easy solution to keep them away.

How To Tell Ghost Ants and Fire Ants Apart

When it comes to size, ghost ants are slightly smaller than fire ants at around 1/16 of an inch in length compared to a fire ant that is 1/10 of an inch. As for color, ghost ants have dark heads and light abdomens that can almost appear translucent. Fire ants, on the other hand, are dark red in color and have 2 distinguishing nodes between their thorax and abdomen that set them apart. Another way you can tell these ants apart is by noting where you are seeing them. If you see ants inside, they are probably ghost ants. If you see ants outdoors, they are more likely fire ants.

The Dangers Of Ghost and Fire Ants

When it comes to dangers, ghost ants and fire ants are extremely different.

Fire ants are a more direct threat in the form of physical harm. If you have ever stepped on a pile of fire ants you have witnessed firsthand how painful their bites and stings can be. On top of this, areas of skin that have been bitten or stung can become infected which can pose additional health risks.

Ghost ants on the other hand rarely bite and cannot sting. They can, however, carry and transmit a variety of different bacteria. These bacteria are spread when they trail over countertops and left-out food. If you are not careful, eating contaminated food can make you sick.

How To Keep Ants Out Of Your Bradenton Home

The good news is you only have to worry about ghost ants getting into your home and not fire ants. The bad news is they are smaller and therefore able to get in more easily. Despite this, there are still some simple ways you can deter all ants from invading.

  • Seal gaps and cracks in your home's foundation and around utility piping and window and door frames.

  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are in good repair.

  • Clean regularly and make sure no scraps of food or drink spills are left for scavenging ants to find.

  • Store leftover foods inside airtight containers where ants cannot contaminate them.

  • Invest in professional pest control services designed to keep ants out of homes.

How Keller’s Keeps Ants Out Of Bradenton Homes

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to get fire ants out of your yard and keep ghost ants out of your home, Keller’s Pest Control has options for you. No hassle, no fuss, just a single visit from one of our highly trained pest technicians and your home and yard will get the protection you deserve. Interested to learn more. Give us a call today.

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