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Odorous House Ant



Odorous House Ant

Pest Stats


Brown or black




Segmented; oval


1/16” – 1/8”




Found throughout the United States


Odorous house can be found both indoors and outdoors. They can be found in house plants, under rocks, and exposed soil. They are a scavenger ant eat other insects and sugary foods. They are more active and likely to invade homes after rain. They are tolerant of other ant species and compound nests contain multiple ant species.


Odorous house ant nests can be literally found anywhere including toilet seats. Outside, nests are usually shallow and found underneath a board or stone. Indoors, they nest in floors and underneath floors. They tend to move indoors late in the year in search of food or after rainfall.


Odorous house ants are not a threat to humans directly but can contaminate foods. Because they forage for dead insects, rats, and rodents outside, when they enter your home, they may carry disease-inducing organisms. Odorous house ants have the potential to bite humans if the nest is threatened. The bite is basically harmless and may cause pain, redness, swelling, or inching. Most bites are harmless but there is always a threat for a more serious allergic reaction.

Odorous House Ant Prevention

If you suspect an odorous house ant infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of odorous house ants. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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