They 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.
- 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.
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.
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.