A Guide To Odorous House Ant Prevention

What are odorous house ants?

Odorous house ants are also referred to as stink ants, sugar ants, and coconut ants due to the rotten coconut-like smell they emit when their bodies are crushed. They are brown or black in color. Odorous house ants forage for food together, creating long trails back and forth from their nest and found food sources. Adult odorous house ants grow to between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch in length.

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Are odorous house ants dangerous?

Odorous house ants are not a dangerous species of ant, but they are a nuisance pest. These ants pose no health risks to people or property, as they do not bite or sting. However, their presence in or around your home should be eliminated as quickly as possible to stop them from contaminating food sources.

Why do I have an odorous house ant problem?

Odorous house ants are attracted to properties and homes that offer easy access to food and water sources. These ants are known for loving sugary, sweet substances. While they prefer sweets, they will eat almost anything, including fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Odorous house ants are also attracted to moisture and properties with standing water. Leaky faucets, hoses, clogged gutters, and areas of exposed wet soil will attract these ants, as well as gardens, garbage cans, compost piles, and pet food.

Where will I find odorous house ants?

Outside, odorous house ants like to nest in exposed soil and underneath stacks of firewood or fallen trees. Inside, these ants like to nest in or near damp, dark spaces. Areas behind or below wall voids, heaters, water-damaged structural wood, or leaky fixtures are all common nesting spots for odorous house ants.

How do I get rid of odorous house ants?

To get rid of invasive odorous house ants in and on your Mississippi, Arkansas, or Tennessee home or business, seek the help of an experienced pest control expert. At Mid-South Pest & Termite, our knowledgeable professionals provide effective pest control services using environmentally friendly methods. We are committed to our customers and to using advanced solutions to eliminate odorous house ants and other household pests from Memphis, Germantown, Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, and Arlington homes. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control options, call Mid-South Pest & Termite!

How can I prevent odorous house ants in the future?

To avoid problems with invasive odorous house ants in your greater Memphis area home or business, we suggest the following prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks found in the exterior walls and foundation.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors, especially basement doors.

  • Make sure gutters are well-maintained.

  • Outdoor trash cans should have locking lids on them and should be emptied weekly.

  • Place woodpiles up off the ground and locate them away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove fallen trees and other debris from your property.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures.

  • Use dehumidifiers in basements and ensure that crawlspaces are properly ventilated to reduce moisture levels.


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