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Are Odorous House Ants In Souderton Dangerous?

October 14, 2020

 

How sensitive is your nose? Some people can pick up smells from blocks away while others wouldn't know if a skunk has taken shelter under their porch. Regardless of how good your nose is, one thing's for certain; you don't want odorous house ants inside your Souderton home. These sometimes smelly pests are a nuisance for all homeowners alike. The question is, are they dangerous as well? We have your answer today, along with some simple tricks to keep these pests out of your house.

What Are Odorous House Ants

If you took a close look at an odorous house ant, you would see that their abdomen is uneven. You can further identify these pests by their one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch brown or black bodies and the rotting smell they emit when threatened or crushed. Many describe odorous house ants as smelling like rotting coconuts. Hopefully, you never have to smell them for yourself.
 
Odorous house ants enter homes through gaps, cracks, and openings in exterior walls. It is not uncommon for these pests to construct intricate nests within the voids of homes, especially when the weather outside is unfavorable. 

an ant infestation on a dinner plate

When it comes to diet, these small pest invaders will eat anything that contains proteins or sugars, so pretty much anything found in your refrigerator or pantry. To feed their colony, odorous house ants will enter homes and search for scraps of left out food. Crumbs under furniture, pastries left out on countertops, and trash from trash cans are all common examples of a feast for these pests. 
 
One thing odorous house ants need is moisture. When indoors, these pests will build their nests where available moisture is nearby. This moisture can come from anything from a leaky pipe to high humidity.

Are Odorous House Ants Dangerous?

Unlike some of their close cousins, odorous house ants are not considered dangerous pests. They cannot bite or sting, they don't spread dangerous diseases, and they aren't destructive to personal items. The biggest problem these pests cause is the smell they produce, the nuisance they bring into homes, and the food they contaminate.

How To Prevent Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants need two things to cause trouble around your Souderton home, a way in, and a reason to stay. Here is how to seal your home against these pests and reduce factors that will make them want to stick around.

  • Identify entry points in your home's exterior foundation and seal them off using a caulking gun or some liquid cement.

  • Inspect weatherstripping and door sweeps around your home and make sure they are fit right and in good condition.

  • Repair or replace window and door screens that are damaged or have shifted out of place.

  • Eliminate clutter and debris from your yard.

  • Remove sources of standing water from your property.

  • Fix leaky piping, faucets, and fixtures around your home.

  • Check your gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from the exterior of your home.

  • Clean up thoroughly after hosting outdoor gatherings.

  • Avoid feeding your pets outside and clean out their food and water bowls after they finish with them.

  • Thoroughly clean your home at least once a week and do not neglect to get under large appliances, furniture, and other hard-to-reach places.

The Secret To Effective Ant Control

There is only one way to prevent ants without using prevention tips, and that is with professional pest control. At Moyer Pest Control, we offer high-quality solutions at a fair price. If you are looking for a way to keep a wide range of pests, including odorous house ants, out of your home, we are here to help.
 
Give us a call today to find out more about our effective pest control measures or to schedule a detailed inspection for your Souderton home.

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