Odorous House Ants
- Color: Brown or Black
- Size: 1/16 to 1/8
- Legs: 6
- Antennae: Yes
- Shape: Segmented, oval
- Region: US
When crushed, these ants give off a strong odor of rotten coconut. This is how they got their name. Outside, these ants can be found in exposed dirt or soil, and under stacks of wood. Inside, these ants nest near sources of water and moisture in wall voids near hot water pipes, in heaters, beneath leaky fixtures, and inside termite-damaged wood.
Signs of a Odorous House Ant Infestation
Infestations can occur on the inside or outside of a structure. These ants like to eat sweets and are especially fond of honeydew. They are also known to move their nests every three months or so in response to rain.
Identification of an infestation of the Odorous House Ant infestation is similar to other ant infestations. It is important to look for trails in and around your home.
Prevention of Odorous House Ant
The Odorous House Ant is attracted to moisture. To prevent odorous house ants as well as other types of pests, we recommend:
- Eliminate standing water,
- Trim branches and shrubs away from the building’s exterior,
- Seal cracks and openings around the foundation,
- Store building materials and wood away from your home or building.
Schedule Your Odorous House Ant Prevention & Treatment
Certified Pest Solutions offers a free, no-obligation inspection for your home or commercial property. Fill out our free estimate form, or give us a call at 904.406.0946 to schedule an appointment.