Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ant workers are monomorphic and are about 1/16-1/8 inches long. The body is brown to black, usually, they’re black, and they do have a stinger. Workers emit a rotten, coconut-like odor when crushed and is how they get their name. A visible indication of an infestation from odorous house ants is the presence of these ants in numbers. These ants typically will nest outdoors but have been known to nest indoors. Because these ants have multiple queens in the colony, it is a mistake to spray with a material that kills off the foragers too quickly the colony will split or “bud” to survive which can spread the issue. For this reason, Complete uses their habits against them using baits and materials that they will pick up and bring back to the colony.

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