Odorous House Ants
This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell
it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from
one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.
||Brown or black
Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.
Typically living for several years, these ants make their homes in
exposed soil and wall cracks.
These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can
contaminate food and should be avoided.
Eliminate standing water. Pests such as odorous house ants are
attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back
from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your
home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around
the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into
your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not
stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of