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How to Get Rid of Ghost Ants

Four letters, one word – ants. They are everywhere. Consider yourself lucky that they don’t find their way to your closet or you would be scratching your back and front all day long. It is extremely hard to get rid of an ant infestation if you don’t know about the type of ants you are dealing with.

Ghost ants are common and in this post we’ll tell you a little bit about them, what you can do to get rid of them, and prevent them from infesting your home to begin with.

About Ghost Ants

Do you know it is estimated that ants have around 22,000 species? However, only 1,600 species have been classified up till now. These tiny little creatures, who obviously don’t know the meaning of personal space, can be quite annoying when you are at a standoff with them opening a cabinet, cleaning the counter, mopping the floors, vacuuming the carpet and so on.

The “Ghost Ant” is a small sized, pale ant. The reason why they’re called ghost ants is because they have a dark thorax and head, and pale abdomens and legs. This makes them hard to spot.

When crushed, you can smell a coconut like odor wafting in the air. Most of the time, ghost ants are transported through supplies in crates of food, potted plants, and household goods.

Indoor ghost ants are attracted to sweets, whereas outdoor ghost ants can be found near firewood piles, logs, and stones. If you’re wondering why it is difficult to exterminate them, it’s because once they enter the house, they split into different colonies and reside inside walls, behind floorboards and in flowerpots.

Natural Remedies to Get Rid Of Ghost Ants

The first order of business is to find the nest. You can do this easily by leaving some sweet crumbs in the kitchen. Later, you can follow the trail and plan your next move accordingly.

Here are a couple of solutions that you can use to kill ghost ants:

  • Soap Water

This is the most effective and inexpensive way to kill ghost ants. In a spray bottle, add equal amounts of soap liquid and water. Spray this solution directly on the ants and in the colony. Since, ants breathe throw tiny holes in their body, the soap coats these holes, suffocating them and they die.

  • White Vinegar

Ants hate the smell of white vinegar. Pour one part water and two parts vinegar in a bottle. Spraying this solution on the colony will directly kill all the ants.

  • Sugar Baits

As mentioned earlier, ghost ants are mostly attracted to sugar, which means you have a variety of options to lay out bait. When ants eat this bait, they go back to the colony and poison all the other ants, killing them instantly. Then, all you need to do is vacuum them up. Here are a few sugar and protein baits you can try:

  • Jam and Boric Acid

Mix 2 tablespoon of boric acid with jelly, keeping the former ingredient’s quantity high. You might have to adjust the boric acid accordingly. Spread this mixture on a piece of paper and keep it in plain sight where the ants usually visit. You can do the same using sugar instead of jam. The ants will take the jam back to their colony and poison the other ants when they eat the jam.

  • Bacon Grease and Boric Acid

There are some ghost ants that are attracted to protein. Take the same approach by mixing 2 tablespoons of boric acid with bacon grease. Spread this mixture on a piece of paper and keep it near the nest. You can also use peanut butter instead of bacon grease.

Baiting Tips

  • Boric acid is toxic when swallowed. Make sure that the bait is placed in a corner especially if you have a toddler or a pet crawling around. You can also use a small air tight jar with holes in the cap to attract the ants.

  • Change the bait daily, so that the smell is fresh and stronger.

  • Do not kill the first few ants you see making a trail. The other ants rely heavily on this trail to find food. Wait for a few hours until you see a cluster around the bait.

  • The aim should be to wipe out the colony because once the queen dies; the other ants cannot survive and die naturally.

  • If the ants bypass the bait, then reduce the quantity of boric acid in the mixtures.

Turmeric Powder

Spread turmeric powder around the nest and places where ants usually visit. Not only will this kill the ants but will also prevent them from entering the premises in the first place.


This natural remedy is quite easy to make and does not pose any risks to you or your family. Take a few mint leaves and crush them to make a paste. Smear this on the surfaces where you usually see the ants. This remedy also keeps the ants away from your house.


Ghost ants hate the taste of bitter cucumber. They are reluctant to visit a place where a cucumber is placed. As a natural remedy to prevent ghost ants from entering your house, place a few slices of cucumber on the window sill, in the kitchen and the bathroom. You can leave the cucumber in place for three days.

The most visited place by ghost ants is the kitchen and that is understandable. The food attracts them the most and this is why you will find them in your pantry, near cookie jars and in your cabinets. Try these natural remedies and you won’t ever worry about ghost ants again.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Can Help You Eliminate Ghost Ants

If the natural means of ghost ant control is not working for you, you may have to turn to chemical means which is where Solutions Pest & Lawn comes in. We have a variety of great products designed to target and eliminate ghost ants and they are proven to work! For instance if you happen to find the nesting site for ghost ants,applying an insecticide such as Reclaim IT Insecticide would be an excellent choice to control the colony. Spray to the point of drenching the nest, the insecticide will then work to kill the entire population. Make sure to keep pets and children away until the treated area has been dried.

Once the nest has been treated, there are likely many ants still out foraging. We recommend using granules such as Bifen LP Granules to take care of the remaining outdoor population by treating the perimeter of your property. For ants that have made their way indoors, we recommend using baits over sprays. Try a slow-acting bait like Terro PCO Liquid Ant Bait. Please be patient during this process and allow the bait time to do it's job. We recommend at least waiting two weeks and then checkingg if the ant activity has been reduced.


We hope that this guide has helped you in deciding to take a course of action to eliminate your ghost ant problem. If you have any questions or concerns call or email us or chat with us live online and we will be happy to help you.


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