Odorous House Ants

Actual Size
1/16″ to 1/8″

They are brown or black. The best identifying characteristic is the “rotten coconut” smell they produce when they are crushed; hence the name.


  • Odorous house ants have multiple queens.
  • They often form many colonies by “budding” off the original colony.
  • Outdoors they usually nest under stones, logs, and planters.
  • Indoors, they usually nest in wall voids near heat sources.
  • They prefer sweets but will eat almost any household food.
  • They invade structures during heavy rains when the honeydew of plants is washed off.



Ants are the number one pest problem in the country. Ant control can be difficult, but ant behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home. Many people attempt ant control by themselves using baits, traps, and other off-the-shelf options, but without the proper knowledge of ant behavior, it can be difficult to eliminate the problem completely. Here are some quick facts you should know about ants to help you make the right pest control decision for you and your family.

Ant Behavior

Most common ants range from 1/16” to 1/2″ in size, and can enter a house or other structure through even the tiniest of cracks. Often, the ants you see are drones, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas. These workers act as scouts for their colony, leaving behind an invisible chemical trail. This trail contains pheromones for other workers to follow once a food source has been located.

Ant Colonies

Ants will build nests almost anywhere in and around your house:

  • Lawns
  • Sidewalks
  • Walls
  • Tree stumps
  • Under foundations

A typical ant colony can grow up to 300,000 to 500,000 members, sometimes with several queens. Whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when a nest is threatened. Worker ants may live up to seven years, and queens can live as long as 15 years.

What You Can Do About Ants

Can you get rid of ants yourself? Most do-it-yourself ant control products only kill the ants you see, not the colonies themselves. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments. The best you can do is to eliminate any potential food sources by keeping your home or business clean. However, if you’re still having issues, you’ll need to contact a pest control specialist like Fischer Environmental to seek out and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning.

Ant Control Solutions

For residential pest control, we offer our pestfree365® program, which covers over 36 common pests to ensure your property and home are protected throughout the entire year. Commercial pest control customers can also benefit from our extensive industry experience.

When you schedule ant control service with Fischer Environmental , your technician will:

  • Determine the type of ant
  • Conduct a full property inspection that includes your yard, attached & detached structures, driveway and home
  • Directly treat all nests and trails on the outside
  • Install ant stations to monitor activity
  • Discreetly apply ant baits for interior nests
  • Seal small common entry points if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestations

Don’t wait until your home is overrun by ants. Contact Fischer Environmental today!