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How To Identify Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants are either black or brown in color and adults range in size from 1/16th–1/8th of an inch in length. They have the typical oval-segmented body that many other ant species have. Their most distinguishing characteristic is the strong, rotten coconut smell that they give off when they are crushed.

Why Do I Have An Odorous House Ant Problem?

Odorous house ants generally nest outdoors. Their nests can be found in exposed soil and under stacks of firewood. During periods of heavy rain these ants have been known to move their nest to a different outdoor location or move inside of homes and other buildings. Inside they build their nests near water sources in such places as the spaces behind walls near hot water pipes, beneath leaky fixtures, and even in heaters. Odorous house ants also enter homes while searching for food, and are especially drawn to sweets.

Are Odorous House Ants Dangerous?

Odorous house ants are not a dangerous species. They are however, a major nuisance to have in your home. They can invade in large numbers and contaminate your food sources.

How Do I Control Odorous House Ants?

Let Russell's Pest Control control your ant problem.  We have the knowledge and tools to identify how ants are getting in and where they are coming from.  With those facts we can implement a program that safely and effectively resolves ants.  Russell's Pest Control offers ant treatment as part of a comprehensive home pest control plan. 

Odorous House Ant Prevention Tips

Odorous ant prevention tips include making sure to inspect the exterior of your home and seal any possible entry points. Common entry points include gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation or spaces around utility entrances. Also keep moisture from building up around your home by making sure that your gutters are in working order. Garbage cans should have tight fitting lids on them and be stored away from your home. It is also a good idea to trim trees, bushes or other landscaping away from your home.


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