What do Odorous House Ants look like?

Odorous house ants are small ants that rang in size from 1/16th-1/8th of an inch in length. They are either brown or black in color. This species has six legs and a segmented body with an unevenly shaped thorax. Their most identifiable characteristic is the pungent smell that they give off when they are crushed; the smell is compared to that of a rotten coconut.

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Are odorous house ants dangerous?

No, odorous house ants are not dangerous. They do not bite, sting, or transmit any known diseases and are considered to be a nuisance pests. However, they can contaminate food and should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible.

Why do I have an odorous house ant problem?

Odorous house ants enter into homes through cracks in foundations and exterior walls while foraging for food. They will also make their way into homes during periods of heavy rain.

How do you get rid of odorous house ants?

If you are struggling with ants in your home, the best and most effective way to eliminate them is with the help of a professional pest control company, like Thomas Pest Services.  Qualified pest control experts will quickly and accurately identify what type of ant is infesting your home, identify the scope of the problem and recommend the best plan of action.  It's important to realize that there isn't a one size fits all solution to ant problems.  Different types of ants respond differently to different treatments.  Click here to learn more about our pest control services or simply contact us online for help dealing with your ant infestation.  

Odorous house ant prevention tips


  • To prevent odorous house ants from entering your home you should:
  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.
  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors.
  • Make sure that gutters are working properly and eliminate areas of standing water near your home.
  • Trim back trees and shrubs from the exterior of your home as this creates easy access.
  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight fitting lids on them and be sure they are stored away from the outside of your home.
  • Keep woodpiles a good distance away from the exterior of your home. These ants like to build their nests in them.

At the first sign of an odorous house ant problem contact Thomas Pest Services. We provide residential pest control services in Albany, Saratoga, the Capital District, and the Adirondack region to help eliminate your problems with odorous house ants.

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