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Odorous House Ants

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What do odorous house ants look like?

Odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile) are tiny brown or black ants measuring one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.  Other than their small size, they do not have any notable physical attributes that would help identify them from other types of ants. However, they do give off a rotten coconut-like smell when crushed.

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Are odorous house ants dangerous?

Odorous house ants are not medically significant pests, although they may contaminate food. They do not pose a threat to homes, buildings, or property either.

How can I tell if I have an odorous house ant problem?

If odorous house ants have infested your home, you’ll probably find them near sources of moisture, such as heaters, in wall voids near hot water pipes, and close to leaking fixtures.  You might also find them foraging in the kitchen in search of food.

What attracts odorous house ants?

Outdoors, odorous house ants are often found in exposed soil, under stacks of firewood, and searching for honeydew. Heavy rains or ground that is too saturated may cause these pests to move indoors so if there are cracks in your foundation, space under your garage door, and other openings that they can easily access, your property could attract these nuisance ants.

How do I get rid of odorous house ants?

At Getem Services, we’ve been exterminating odorous house ants since 1922 and have the tools, knowledge, and experience to help you solve your ant problem. Learn more about our pest control services or simply give us a call!

How can I prevent an odorous house ant infestation?

To make your property less appealing to odorous house ants, we recommend:

  • Caulking or sealing all cracks, gaps, and openings on the exterior
  • Installing weather stripping and door sweeps
  • Repairing roof
  • Fixing leaking pipes and/or appliances
  • Addressing moisture problems
  • Screening vents
  • Repairing or replacing torn window screens
  • Trimming back trees and shrubs so that they do not touch the sides of the structure
  • Moving firewood so that it does not touch the side of your home
  • Practicing good sanitation habits inside the house
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