Odorous ants are common throughout North America and so named because, when crushed, they emit a smell similar to the odor of rotten coconuts. For this reason, they are also known as coconut ants and stink ants in certain areas. These ants are highly tolerant of other ants and occasionally live in compound colonies with other species. They build their nests in a wide variety of places and their colonies can contain as many as 100,000 workers and numerous queens.

Signs of Odorous Ants

Infestations are more likely to occur after rainfall than in dry conditions. Inside the home, they prefer to colonize areas near a heat source or insulation, typically in wall voids or beneath the floor. The season of reproduction for odorous house ants is summer and particularly during the months of June and July. They can easily contaminate food supplies. Odorous ants also occasionally mate in flying swarms, which along with the activity of foraging workers, will likely serve as the only sign of infestation.

Concerns for Odorous Ants

When traveling, ants can become carriers of bacteria such as E-coli and Salmonella. Because they are traveling amongst large areas of territory it’s likely they will travel through animal feces, animal urine and common bacterias found inside homes. As they forage through food and amongst water sources within your home, they can spread any bacteria they may be carrying on them.

Odorous Ant Control Solutions

We set out to identify the source of any odorous ant infestation so that all odorous ants inside and outside can be eliminated using our 5 step S.M.A.R.T. Process:

Through our S.M.A.R.T. process we determine all entry points, secure the ants from entering in the future and dispose of all dead pests and contaminated debris. Once we are confident that your home has been safely cleared and secured we customize a plan, tailored specifically to your needs, to prevent any future infestations.

Our process encompasses the biology, anatomy, psychology and social systems of all pests and wildlife; designed to help you understand the ‘why’ behind your infestation. We specialize in elimination,sanitation, prevention and routine maintenance of your home or office so you can be rest assured your home is protected from future infestations.

Odorous Ant Prevention

Our highly trained professionals don’t just come out to take care of the job. We take pride in  providing you with a well rounded understanding of your infestation. We determine why ants are attracted to your home so that we can pass along our knowledge to you; that you may be able to confidently apply preventative measures against future infestation.

Did You Know?

This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smells it gives off when crushed and the fact that they commonly nest in or around houses.

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