Odorous House Ants
These ants stink. Literally. When they congregate in entrance areas, the can be especially problematic. This ant species emits a rotten coconut odor when crushed underfoot. And what better place to crush hundreds of tiny ants than on your front steps. If you happen to have a porch infestation with these, you've probably noticed that the walls of your porch do a nice job of holding that smell in.
Usually, people don't put up with having odorous house ants in their home for long, and who can blame them? These ants often invade in large numbers and the more of these ants you have in your home, the more noticeable the unpleasant odor they create will become. So new customers don't usually procrastinate for too long before reaching out to us. But, when odorous house ants get into a pantry, they can sometimes remain undetected. This can present a problem.
While the risk of illness is low with this species of ant, it is still possible for them to pick up harmful bacteria from your trash and other filthy places, and carry it into your food storage areas and, ultimately, into your stored food items themselves. This can result in stomach sickness.
When odorous house ants get into a home under the radar, it is usually through an area of the home that has been damaged by water. These ants need moisture in order to survive. So the appearance of hundreds of ants in your pantry should not just be seen as a nuisance. It is also a warning sign that you may have a moisture issue. Check your gutter system to make sure there are no obstructions or breaks and examine exterior spigots for leaks. If you see any conditions around your home that are allowing standing water or moisture buildup, they should be addressed, not only to help resist odorous house ants, but also to deter other pests and prevent water damage to your home.