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How to Get Rid of the Odorous House Ant

Odorous house ants may develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens. 

Odorous house ants nest outdoors in the soil under stones, logs, mulch, debris, and other items.

When odorous house ants are the problem, homeowners may think they are better off calling a professional, but knowing your enemy and the correct remedy can help you get rid of the odorous house ant like a professional.

Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon but will also feed on meats and cheese.  They also like to eat dead insects.

To control odorous house ants check for outdoor nests especially under stones, firewood or bricks. 

Odorous House Ant

  • The odorous house ant is found throughout North America and is a common house-infesting pest in Virginia.
  • This pest is often found foraging for food in long trails over household surfaces and can contaminate food products.v
  • Although these ants do not bite or sting, they are a persistent nuisance pest once they begin foraging indoors in large numbers.
  • Odorous house ants are tiny, about 3 mm in length, and are dark brown to black in color.
  • They can be taxonomically identified by having a single node on the petiole that is hidden from above by the abdomen.
  • However, odorous house ants are most easily identified by the coconut odor that is produced when their bodies are crushed. It is from this odor that they get their name, odorous house ants.
  • These ants are almost always seen foraging in large numbers.
  • When alarmed, the workers will run about in an erratic fashion with their abdomens raised in the air.
  • Colonies can be very large, ranging in size from several hundred to over 100,000 individuals. In addition, odorous house ant colonies can produce hundreds of laying queens and thousands of workers.
  • Outdoor nest are usually shallow.
  • Look for outdoor nests in mulch, soil, debris, logs, stumps, under stones and under plastic outdoor tarps.
  • Indoors, Odorous House ant nests are usually found in wall voids, around hot-water pipes and heaters, behind paneling, under carpets or beneath the floor.
  • House ant colonies can become so large that they create satellite colonies.
  • Odorous house ants forage both night and day and eat many types of foods.
  • They will eat live and dead insects
  • Odorous house ants are very attracted to sweet foods.

Control methods for Odorous House Ants

  • Good sanitation, remove potential food, wipe up spills, etc.
  • Block up cracks and holes where you may have seen the ants trailing through
  • Trim back vegetations and remove debris, stacks of fire wood, etc.
  • Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation.
  • An ant bait is a sugar or protein based food source ( Advance Dual choice ant Bait stations)
  • Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony.
  • Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait

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