Odorous house ants are a common pest found in homes throughout the United States. These pests are described as dark brown to black and range in size from 1/16 – 1⁄8 inch long and get their name from the rotten coconut/fruit-like smell they emit when crushed. While they are not known to spread disease, odorous house ants can be a nuisance and may contaminate food in your home.
Odorous house ants are known to overwinter in their nests during colder months. Once the weather warms up in the spring or summer, they emerge again and start looking for food. During spring and summer you are more likely to find that your home is infested by odorous house ants than other parts of the year.
If you have noticed an increase in odorous house ants in your home, it is important to take action to get rid of them. The first step in controlling an infestation is to locate and eliminate the ant colony. Ants create their central nest outside, usually in damp soil under mulch, along fence lines and next to foundations and sidewalks. During the day, ants often wander around looking for food. Odorous house ants are often found near sources of moisture, such as leaky pipes or under sinks. They may also nest in wall voids or other areas of the home.
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