There might be times you have stepped on or crushed trailing ants and smelled a strange odor - a bit like rotten coconuts.  If you have experienced this, it is probable that those ants were odorous house ants -- and you know how they got their name!

These pests can be found trailing through kitchens in homes all across the United States. They are most likely to enter homes after heavy rains when it is attempting to escape flooding of its shallow nest.

Odorous house ants are tiny and very fast. They usually travel in lines, but if they are disturbed or alarmed they will run around erratically – releasing their odor as they run. They like to eat sweets and are especially fond of honeydew. They are known to move their nests every three months.

Indoors, odorous house ants nests are usually found near moisture sources, such as in wall voids near hot water pipers, in heaters, beneath leaky fixtures and inside wood damaged by termites. Outside, they are often found in exposed soil or under stacks of firewood.

To prevent odorous house ants, eliminate standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes odorous ants use these branches to get into the home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of the foundation. Ensure firewood and building materials are not stored next to the home because odorous house ants like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Odorous house ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided. If you notice odorous ants in your property, contact a pest control professional.

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