As the name suggests, bigheaded ants have rather large heads compared to the rest of their body. They are active most of the year except for the coolest months in south Florida. They typically live in mounds in your lawn and are often attracted to food sources like sweets, meats, or greasy foods. These scents are what brings them into your home.
Bigheaded ant infestations can be difficult to eradicate because multiple nests eventually combine, forming one massive underground colony.
Ghost ants have dark heads and translucent bodies. A popular ant species in South Florida, ghost ants are relatively small. Due to their tiny stature, they often go unnoticed, until homeowners find them in a bag of sugar or crawling on a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Outdoors, these ants occupy moist grass, plant stems. flowerpots, and at the bases of palm fronds. Indoors, ghost ants tend to colonize in small spaces such as cabinetry, baseboards, cracks, and even spaces between books.
Featuring a dark body - often black - with light-colored feet, white-footed ants typically come out during the rainy season in South Florida (from June to September). This is the prime season for honeydew production. White-footed ants seek this honeydew from plants in the area.
Just as ghost ants are attracted to household sweet foods and proteins, so are white-footed ants. Even though they form nests above the ground, white-footed ants like to live in damp areas like kitchens and baths.