What Do Odorous House Ants Look Like?

Odorous house ants are also known as stink ants, sugar ants, and coconut ants because they emit the smell of a rotten coconut when their bodies are crushed. Odorous house ants forage for food both day and night along well-traveled trails. Adult odorous house ants grow to between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch in length. They are brown or black in color, have 6 legs, and a segmented, oval-shaped body.

an odorous house ant on a leaf

What Attracts Odorous House Ants?

Odorous house ants are attracted to properties that offer easy access to food and water sources. Odorous house ants are known for loving sugary, sweet substances. While they prefer sweets, they will eat almost anything, from fruits to vegetables to meat. Things like gardens, garbage cans, compost piles, and pet food can all attract odorous house ants. They will find sources of water for their colony at leaky faucets, hoses, and clogged gutters. Odorous house ants often find their way into homes through cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls as they are foraging for food sources. Inside, these ants prefer to nest near moisture sources such as in areas behind walls near hot water pipes, or under floors in bathroom or kitchen areas.

Are Odorous House Ants Dangerous?

Odorous house ants are not a dangerous species of ant. They pose no real health risks to people, nor do they cause significant damage to property. However, these ants should not be allowed to live in your home for any period of time because they may contaminate your family’s food sources.

How Do I Get Rid Of Odorous House Ants?

Lindsey Pest Services uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to getting rid of odorous house ants. Our expert pest control technicians will inspect your property to find what species are infesting, where the ants are active, and where their nests are located. Once we’ve evaluated the ant problems, we’ll determine the most efficient method of ant control. Next, we'll eliminate the colony of odorous house ants and, if you choose one of our home pest control plans, perform ongoing maintenance to ensure that the colonies don't restart.


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