Odorous House Ant

When crushed, the workers of this species give off an odor which resembles that of rotten coconut, giving them their odd name.  There is only one size worker in their colonies; they are usually about 1/8 inch in length.  The odorous house ant is dark brown to black in color, has 12 segments in its antennae, no circle of hairs on tip of abdomen, no club on the antennae, one node, and has an uneven thorax when viewed from the side.

This ant is very opportunistic, living a variety nesting sites, moving constantly to avoid the perils of inclimate weather conditions.  Not only will you find huge super colonies, but many satellite colonies located close to the main colony.   These different colonies do not fight for food, but rather like to exchange food, workers and larvae between the different colony units.  Odorous House Ants feed on living and dead insects but are particular fond of the sweet honey dew produced by aphids, scales and mealybugs.  If found inside structures, these ants will eat many available foods but again prefer to feed on sweets.  These ants will forage during the day and the night.

The size of colonies, number of workers, wide variety of food sources and multiple queens per colony make this a formidable foe to eradicate. Foraging trails and colonies are often found outside along foundations, beneath and behind vegetation, ground cover, decorative timbers under landscape cloth or stones and mulch. Basically any object touching the soil. Odorous house ants will make shallow colonies in the soil, nest under construction materials and other such areas mentioned above.  These ants can survive in a variety of habitats, but if excessive moisture is found, it will help to implement measures to reduce the moist conditions: redirect sprinkler heads, repair leaky faucets, etc.

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