Odorous Ants


Odorous ants are native to the United States, and they are found throughout the country. They are one of the smaller species, ranging from 2.4-3.25 mm long. They can often be found hunting for a sweet treat, particularly anything made of sugar. Outdoors, they typically consume natural sugars, such as honey dew or flower nectar. Indoors, however, it can wreak havoc in your kitchen. They will spend their days and nights exploring your kitchen in hopes of a sweet meal.



Odorous ants can range in color from dark brown to black. They have one node on their petiole which is hidden by their abdomen. A petiole is a slender stalk between two structures of their body. Petioles’ are what holds together most insect bodies, see the picture to the right. One may easily mistake an odorous ant for another species, but they do have one distinct difference. When you squish an odorous ant, they will emit a foul odor, such as rotting coconut or bad blue cheese.



Odorous ants live in colonies. They range from 100 workers with one queen, to 100,000 workers with hundreds of queens. If they have not made their way into a home or building they can be found in garbage cans, under large rocks, in potted plants, under or in lawn furniture, in leaf litter, and anywhere they can stay protected and have an abundance of food. If they have made their way inside, they can be found under doormats, garbage cans, under toilet seats, in or under cabinets, and even in dishwashers. They are able to nest above and below ground, which is a unique feature.



Being as small as they are, they can easily gain access into your home. They can enter through very small construction gaps, through doors if they are not sealed, windows, or anywhere they can squeeze through. This makes it difficult to ensure they will not return, however you can put your mind at ease with proper preventative measures.



 They do not cause structural damage, and do not transmit diseases. However, they will raid your kitchen for all the sweets they can get their claws on. This includes fruits, sweet treats like candy, granulated sugar, and pretty much anything that has sugar in it. They can become quite a nuisance in a short period, but if they are taken care of quickly and properly you will be ant free in no time.


Control and Safety

When it comes to odorous ants there are a couple of preventative measures that you can take to try and keep a problem from arising. Keeping food stored in sealed containers, sealing all your doors and windows, regularly cleaning, and keeping fruits off your counter are a few if you are trying to prevent them from getting inside. When it comes to outdoors, keeping your garbage in a sealed can, making sure to dispose of yard debris, checking your potted plants regularly, if you keep your pet food outside, make sure it is in a sealed container, are some ways to prevent odorous ants from taking up residence. If you have an ongoing problem with odorous ants, with our 20 plus years of experience we can help eliminate them. With the use of traditional pesticides, and our eco-friendly options; we can help rid your home of those annoying little ants.


If you find you have a problem with odorous ants, or any other ant for that matter, give us a call today to schedule a free estimate. 206.431.6833

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