Odorous House Ant

Identification

  • Colour Dark grey or brown
  • Size From 2 mm to 3 mm long
  • Also known as Stink ants and coconut ants.
  • Notes Odorous ants emit a rotten, earthy smell when crushed underfoot.

General Facts

Why do I have odorous ants?

Odorous ants are found on beaches, bogs, and swamps, and build shallow nests outdoors by digging underground and piling dirt into mounds. Seeking food and shelter, these pests enter homes through minuscule cracks along foundations, around windows, and near utility lines. Once indoors, they like to build nests in crevices within walls, around hot water pipes and heaters, underneath sinks and near bathtubs, attracted to the warmth and moisture. When it comes to food, odorous ants are foragers and are attracted to dairy products, vegetables, fruits, lunch meats, sugary foods, and crumbs.

How worried should I be about odorous ants?

Odorous ants can contaminate human and pet food with their excrement and their smell may become a source of discomfort. As well, the scent trails they create along cupboards, sinks and appliances can bring additional pests to the area. They are not easily eradicated. A healthy colony can have up to 100,000 workers. A supercolony grows even bigger, with many satellite colonies located close to one main colony. Odorous ants are able to reproduce multiple times throughout the year, which means infestations can quickly grow out of control. To truly prevent an infestation of odorous ants, professional pest control services are crucial.

How can I prevent odorous ants invading?

Immediately clean up food debris and crumbs, Caulks cracks and seal gaps, Clean kitchen countertops regularly, Vacuum food storage areas daily, Fix dripping faucets and condensation, Move wood piles away from structures, Trim back overhanging trees and shrubs

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