Are Odorous House Ants A Threat To PA Homes?
July 11, 2018
You may have never even heard of an odorous house ant, but you have likely seen or smelled them and just not realized it – after all, there are many species of ants and a lot of them look very similar. While ants may seem harmless, they can actually cause a lot of damage to your home and present a threat to your family. They can cause contamination of your food, trigger allergies, and become a general nuisance. It’s important to get a handle on ant problems in your Pennsylvania home this summer.
Identifying An Odorous House Ant
Odorous house ants are a smaller species of ant, growing to only 1/8 of an inch on average. These busy ants work day and night so you may spot them at any time of day. They are usually a dark brown to black in color. Unlike other types of ants, odorous house ants emit a distinct smell that is often described as a rotten coconut scent.
Dangers From Odorous House Ants
The biggest threat that odorous house ants pose is the contamination of your food. These ants are little scavengers and enjoy anything sticky or sweet. If you’ve got an open bag of candy in your pantry, they will invade by the hundreds! If you forget to close the spout on top of your syrup all the way, you will likely find ants floating in your syrup. If your raisin container, cereal boxes, or cookies are left open even a little bit, these pests will find their way in – this can result in hundreds of dollars in food waste! Odorous house ants can also transmit bacteria to your food and countertops, which is why it is so important to keep them out of your home.
Behavior Of The Odorous House Ant
Odorous house ants are clever little pests; once they find a food source, they will move the entire colony closer to the source rather than transport food back and forth to the nest, which means they will set up residence in your pantry, under the floorboards, in house plants, even under the toilet lid! As we mentioned, these ants work day and night, so you may see these ants at any time.
Preventing Odorous House Ants
Keeping your home tidy with your food stored in airtight containers is a great way to prevent many pests, including the odorous house ant. If you eliminate their food source, these ants tend not to stick around, but odorous ants are resourceful and will also feed on pet food, bird seed, and trash if they aren’t sealed tightly. Removing rotting organic material from your property as well as eliminating other pests is a good way to keep ants away; making sure your home is pest-proof by repairing any damaged screens, adding weather stripping around windows and doors, installing door sweeps, and sealing up cracks around the exterior of your home can help to keep pests out. Of course, there is the guaranteed way to keep odorous house ants and other pests out of your home, give us a call to sign up for one of our residential pest control plans today.