The odorous house ant produces a rotten coconut smell when crushed that is very distinct.

Identification

  • Dark colored
  • 1/8 inch
  • Single node hidden beneath the abdomen
  • Strong, rotten coconut smell when crushed

Environment

  • Can exist in very large numbers where there is plenty of moisture
  • Will form trails similar to those of Argentine ants

Threats

  • One of the most difficult pests to eliminate from a structure
  • Will often establish in earth-filled porches and block walls

Treatment

  • Granular bait applications to the perimeter of the structure
  • Gel baits inside and in exterior stations
  • Perimeter sprays with non-repellent products

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