Odorous Ant

Joseph Berger

Odorous Ant on Wood

Joseph Berger

Odorous House Ant

General Description
This one-eighth of an inch long, brownish-black ant can be confused with the pavement ant until the odorous house ant is crushed, releasing an odor similar to rotten coconut. In recent years it has become an increasingly common household invader. Nests are found under rocks, boards and other debris, and in floor and wall voids. These ants will move indoors during rains and in the fall. They feed on sweets, honeydew, plant and fruit juices, meat and dairy products.

General Control
See general control of ants in the general ants section.