Bug found in bathroom drywall
December 29, 2009
PLEASE help identify the bugs I am finding in my bathroom drywall… They seem to be coming out of one hole, and going into another. At first I thought they were termites… The home is a “mobile home” — drywall, very little wood…
Are they dangerous ? Should I panic ? Why are they in my bathroom ???
We tried researching your request, and we are having trouble identifying exactly what species of Ant has moved into your bathroom drywall. We are going to finally venture a guess that this might represent a Ghost Ant invasion. Ghost Ants, Tapinoma melanocephalum are pictured on BugGuide . The Featured Creatures website has much information, including: “The ghost ant is highly adaptable in its nesting habits. It nests readily outdoors or indoors. Colonies may be moderate to large in size containing numerous reproducing females (polygyny). Generally, the colonies occupy local sites that are too small or unstable to support entire large colonies. The sites include tufts of dead but temporarily moist grass, plant stems, and cavities beneath detritus in open, rapidly changing habitats (Oster and Wilson 1978). Indoors, the ant colonizes wall void or spaces between cabinetry and baseboards.” We believe the larger ants in your photo may be the queens. You may also check the Wikipedia page on Ghost Ants. We are not confident with this identification, and we hope someone will write in to correct or confirm.