This ant, formally known as Tapinoma melanocephalum, has very distinctive coloration which makes it readily recognizable. The front of the body is dark brown, while the back of the body is translucent to white. This unusual coloration is undoubtedly responsible for the common name, although people also say that ghost ants are a lot like ghosts, flitting quickly in and out of homes. Ghost ants are also extremely small, and they appear smaller, thanks to their coloration, as people may only be able to see the front of the body from a distance. When crushed, the ants emit a distinctive pungent odor which some people say is similare to rotten tropical fruit.These ants are very adaptable nesters, being capable of nesting in a wide variety of habitats. They prefer moist environments, so they may come indoors during dry weather, or select a humid greehouse for nesting. While ghost ants can eat many different foods, including other ants, they appear to have a preference for sweets, going after sugar, cakes, cookies, candies, and so forth.Keeping a house as clean as possible can be one way to deter ghost ants. Closing sweets up in airtight containers is also a good idea, as it denies the ants a regular source of food. Counters and stoves should be wiped down regularly, and dishes should be done quickly so that they do not draw ants.