Odorous House Ants

What Are Odorous House Ants?

As their name suggests, odorous house ants are often identified by the foul rotten-coconut smell they emit after being crushed. They are a small species of ant, with workers growing between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch in length. Their segmented body is black or brown in color. They are a native species, living throughout much of the United States, invading our homes and businesses.

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Are Odorous House Ants Dangerous?

Odorous house ants are not described as dangerous ants. In other words, they don't bite or sting. They also don't create significant health risks to people by spreading disease. They don't even cause structural damage like the carpenter ant. But, this doesn't mean they are not a pest. Pest species are animals that have a harmful effect on humans, their food, or their living conditions. Odorous house ants invade homes and properties in large numbers, contaminate food, and are difficult to get rid of. Taking the proactive steps needed to prevent problems with odorous house ants is important. Contacting a professional at the first signs of these ants on your property can be an important step in controlling infestations.

Why Do I Have An Odorous House Ant Problem?

Odorous house ants are a native species that live in large numbers through most of the United States. While foraging for food or to escape harsh weather they move inside of homes and other buildings. To gain entrance to a building they look for cracks in the foundation or openings in the exterior walls. They can also squeeze through the space under doors or alongside wires and pipes that are entering your home. Odorous house ants are attracted to moisture. Often the presence of these ants indicates an underlying moisture problem in or around your homes. While any home can be vulnerable to an odorous house ant invasion, homeowners can take steps to limit entry points and the moisture that attracts them.

How Do I Get Rid Of Odorous House Ants?

If you're looking for a way to eliminate odorous house ants from your property for good, your answer lies with Dandi Guaranty! With just one call, we will send our pest technicians to inspect your home for signs of odorous house ant activity. Once we have determined the problem areas in your home and around your property, we'll treat those areas to effectively eliminate your current odorous house ant infestation, then treat your property with ant deterrent to prevent future invasions. To learn more about how our Quarterly Pest Control Plan can help solve your odorous house ant problem, visit our residential pest control page!

Can I Eliminate Odorous House Ants Myself?

Once odorous house ants have chosen your yard or home to live or forage for food in, the best solution is to partner with Dandi Guaranty. Better still would be to prevent problems with odorous house ants in the first place. To deter odorous house ants, it is best to eliminate sources of food, water, and potential shelter from your property. Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins. Remove tree stumps, fallen trees, and excess wood piles from your property. Keep these ants from gaining access to the inside of your home by sealing cracks in the foundation and exterior walls. Place door sweeps on all exterior doors. Limit excess moisture by repairing leaky pipes and make sure gutters are working to direct water away from the outside of your home. Inside your home use dehumidifiers to keep basements dry. Eliminating excess moisture and easy entry will go a long way towards keeping your home free of odorous house ants.


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