When dealing with ants, many people are under the impression that there are no real differences from one species to another, but the truth of the matter is that there are many different ant species that all present different threats to homeowners. Knowing how to identify which species of ant is invading your home is important in order to execute effective treatment. We are going to focus today on the odorous house ant, a common household invader that has some unique qualities which makes them fairly easy to distinguish from other ant invaders.
Odorous house ants don’t look much different from other species of ants; like many other species of ants, they are dark brown or black in color and are fairly small at about 1/8th of an inch in length. Odorous house ants live in very large colonies, with each colony potentially harboring hundreds of queens and thousands of workers in it! While their impressive colony size makes them a bit unique, what really makes these ants stand out and fairly easy to identify from other species of ants is their scent; yes it’s true, ants can be smelly! When crushed odorous house ants emit a very foul odor that is often described as a rotten coconut scent. The unpleasant scent that these ants emit can make it difficult for you and your family to enjoy spending time in your home.
In addition to being annoying and creating an unpleasant smell in your home, odorous house ants can also present some dangers and health hazards. Before entering your home, these ants were living outside in environments where they may have picked up bacteria. Once inside your home, these ants will contaminate food and the surfaces of your home with the bacteria that can make you and your family members sick.
If these ants find their way into your home, they may decide to create a satellite nest inside your home to be near their new found food sources. Odorous house ants often create their nesting areas in hard-to-reach areas like near pipes, heaters, underneath floors, and behind walls, which makes them a difficult pest to eliminate from homes. To help prevent odorous house ant from getting inside your home this summer, here are a few prevention tips:
- Seal any cracks found in the exterior walls and foundation.
- Caulk gaps found around windows and doors.
- Install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors.
- Seal gaps found around vents, pipes, cables, and other utilities entering into your home.
- Make sure that outdoor trash cans have locking lids on them and are emptied on a weekly basis.
- Pick up any fallen fruits and vegetables in garden areas.
- Wash dirty dishes on a daily basis, remove trash from your home regularly, and vacuum and mop kitchen floors on a regular basis.
If you have discovered odorous house ants in your home this summer, call the ant control professionals at Witt Pest Management immediately! We offer the year-round residential pest control services needed to eliminate any ants that have made their way into your home this summer and prevent them and other pests from invading your home during the rest of the year as well! Contact Witt Pest Management today to learn more about how we can help rid your home of ants and other pests once and for all!