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Having ants on your property or invading your home stinks. But there is a type of ant species that can make the experience of an ant infestation stink LITERALLY. That is the Odorous House Ant. Odorous House Ants are native to the United States and get their name due to the foul odor they emit when stepped on or crushed which smells similar to that of rotten coconuts.

Odorous House Ants commonly invade homes, hence the “house” in its name as well. They typically enter homes in large numbers after heavy rains to seek solace from flooding conditions. They are not known to cause any damage to homes, which may make them go undetected by homeowners for some time before they are discovered.

Odorous House Ants like to forage both day and night and are most attracted to sweet tasting foods like honeydew from plants, syrups, fruits and other sugary foods. They are often nicknamed “sugar ants” because of their affinity for sweets. When indoors, these ants usually build their nests in wall voids, especially around moist and damp areas such as around water pipes sinks, cupboards and crevices.

If left untreated, these odorous house ants can get pretty out of control with their invading population. If you have a problem with this type of ant, Solutions Pest and Lawn can help by offerning professional pest control products as well as DIY advice and how-to guides formed by experts. Read on below to learn how to treat this pest.

How to Get Rid of Odorous House Ants: Solutions 4 Step Guide

Odorous house ants can be tough to control if you don’t have the proper tools and know-how to tackle them. Not all ant species are treated the same way so identification is essential. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have an odorous house ant problem, send us a picture of it at identification@solutionsstores.com and we will help you identify the ant and give treatment recommendations. Solutions Pest and Lawn suggests a 4 step process which includes a thorough inspection, chemical applications, baiting and preventative measures to keep ants away. Look below for details:

Step 1: Start by tracking down the whereabout of the ant. This will require you to be thorough in inspecting the indoor and outdoor spaces of your home. Find the areas of high ant activity and make note of any ant trails you see. You can even observe the ants closely making sure not to disturb them while they are foraging for food and they may very well lead you to the colony or nesting site.

Step 2: Once you have found the ant colony, you can then proceed to treat the colony via pesticide application. What you use depends upon your preference and it depends on where the area of activity is. Typically, colonies found outdoors could be treated with liquid insecticide. We recommend using Reclaim IT. Indoors where ants can be found in wall voids, it would be best to use dust treatment by using D-Fense Dust.

Step 3:  Indoors, treat the area with a sugar-based bait like Terro PCO Liquid Ant Bait will work great since odorous house ants love sweets. We recommend being patient when applying baits and allowing up to 2 weeks for the bait to be laid out. It takes time for ants to take the bait and share with other ants and create the desired domino effect which will kill off the entire population. 

Step 4: After the ant population has been depleted from your baiting and spray treatments you will want to keep them out. Using a preferred residual insecticide like Reclaim IT Insecticide, you’ll want to spray a barrier around your home to keep ants away.  Spray every 60 days to minimize activity around the home.

Browse our recommended products for treating Odorous House Ants below. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us anytime via phone, online live chat or email and we’ll be happy to help you.

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