Brief overview of odorous house ants

Though they are small ants, odorous house ants can give off a very big odor. Known for the rotting coconut-like smell they emit when crushed, these nuisance ants are found throughout North Texas infesting homes, businesses, and other buildings.

What do odorous house ants look like?

Adult odorous house ants may grow up to 1/8th of an inch in length and range in color from dark brown to black. They have six legs and an oval segmented body. Their most distinctive feature is, of course, the odor that they emit when they are squished.

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Where do odorous house ants nest?

In outdoor environments, odorous house ants commonly nest in exposed soil and underneath stones, logs, and mulch among other places. Inside, these ants nest around pipes and heaters as well as inside wall voids, under carpets, and beneath flooring. 

What do odorous house ants eat?

Outside, odorous house ants like to feast on honeydew—a substance produced by tiny aphids and some scale insects. Inside kitchens and in pantry areas, odorous house ants prefer to feed on sweets but will happily consume meat and grease.

Are odorous house ants dangerous?

Not of medical or economic significance, odorous house ants are annoying. They will infest food, travel over counters, invade your space, and possibly emit their foul-smelling odor. You’ll want to exterminate these ants as soon as possible to prevent a larger infestation.

How do I get rid of odorous house ants?

The most effective way to eliminate these nuisance pests is to contact a pest control company for professional ant extermination services as soon as you notice them on your property or in your home. At Adams Exterminating, our experience, tools, and products give us the upper hand when it comes to controlling ants in our North Texas service area. Contact us today to learn more about our ant control services in Lewisville, Denton, Plano, and throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.

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