Ghost & Pavement Ants- Pest Fact

Common name

Ghost Ant

Pavement Ant

Scientific name

Various names (according to subspecies)



Ghost Ant

Pavement Ant


Size (Adults)

1.3 – 1.5 mm

2.5 – 4 mm

Body shape



General body colour

Head and thorax are dark, antennae and legs pale in colour. Stinger absent

Body light brown to black with paler legs and antennae. Stinger present


Name given due to its ‘transparency’ and size

Name given due to its usual location (in cracks under pavement)

Pest Behavior 

  • Both ants are highly adaptable – ghost ants will nest in wall voids, cracks etc while pavement ants will nest in insulation, under floors, etc (besides under pavements)
  • Worker Pavement ants can bite or sting if provoked
  • Ghost ants are fond of honeydew and show a preference for sugary food. Pavement ants prefer meats and grease
  • Ghost ants have higher moisture needs (will migrate towards water sources)

General Control Habits/Safety


1. Identification
  • Look for areas with food/water sources – kitchens, sinks, potted plants etc
  • Potential nesting sites – cracks in walls, pavements etc

2. General Control Techniques
  • Call ORIGIN and a technician will assist you
  • Common treatment methods include gel baiting and spraying
  • Do NOT provoke the ants!

3. Prevention
  • Fill in cracks in pavement and walls
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Clear food and drink spillages immediately

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