Finding the most effective treatment for ants depends on the specific type you have invading your house. Each species has different behaviors, preferences in food, and remedies that will be effective in keeping them out of your home. Certain ants, like fire ants and harvester ants, attract our attention because they can sting people and animals. Carpenter ants are important to control because they damage building materials. Some ants only become pests when they enter homes in search of food and water.  These are the house-invading ants, nuisance ants or simply house ants. Common house ant species are: odorous house ant, Argentine ant, pharaoh ant and a few other species.

carpenter-antThey are a large species of ant that are black in color. They do not eat the wood, they invade the wood to create tunnels to make their nesting and hibernation areas in. They are particularly drawn to wood that is unstained, unpainted or that has had previous water damage. Carpenter ants left untreated can cause significant damage to the structures of homes and other buildings.

Physical Appearance

  • The Odorous House Ant is very tiny; less than 1/16 inch long
  • The Odorous House Ants is brown to black in color
  • The Odorous House Ant has 12 antennae segments
  • The Odorous House Ant has only one node (waist), and an uneven thorax when viewed from the side
  • The Odorous House Ant produces a foul smell like “rotten coconut” when crushed.

Nesting Habits

Indoors, Odorous House Ant nests may be found within wall voids, in crevices around sinks and cupboards, and near hot water pipes and heaters. Outside, Odorous House Ant nests are usually established in shallow, exposed soil beneath brick, board, or stone. Odorous House Ants are most likely to enter the home in the autumn time or during rainy weather, when the outdoor sweet food supply is reduced.

Feeding Habits

Odorous House Ants forage both day and night. They prefer sweet items, including syrup, candy, honey, and sugar, but will also feed on insects, seeds, and plant secretions.

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