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Odorous House Ants


About Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants can be found in All 50 States. They get their 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. Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.

Odorous House Ants Habitat

Odorous House Ants make their homes in exposed soil and wall cracks, and typically live for several years.

Odorous House Ants Threats

Odorous House Ants can contaminate food and make it unfit for human consumption. Ants in general can cause stress and anxiety for adults and children alike when they are in the house.

Odorous House Ants Treatment and Pest Control

For both residential pest control as commercial pest control, an odorous house ants infestation should be addressed leveraging an integrated pest control strategy starting with an inspection, followed by outdoor mound treatment, a perimeter treatment, baits, and a structural change action plan to address entry points inside.

Pest Identification


Tapinoma sessile


Brown or black


Segmented; oval


1/16" - 1/8"





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