What Attracts Odorous House Ants To Hendersonville Homes?

5/14/2021

One of the most common home-invading ant species in North Carolina is the odorous house ant. These smelly ants are so named for the foul stench that they emanate when crushed. Though these ants aren’t dangerous to humans (like fire ants) or property (like carpenter ants), they’re still a serious nuisance. They can stink up your house, contaminate your food, and cause aesthetic problems throughout your living space. Let’s take a look at what attracts these annoying critters, how to repel them, and what to do if they just won’t leave you alone.

an oderouse house ant on a plant in north carolina

How To Spot A House Ant

Odorous house ants are a pretty non-descript ant: about an eighth of an inch long, dark brown to black, with an unevenly shaped thorax. They might find their way into your home while seeking food or shelter from foul weather. Sometimes you might not be able to distinguish odorous house ants just by looking at them, but if you crush one, you’ll figure it out pretty quick. When you squish an odorous house ant, it will give off a rotten coconut smell. 
 
You might also be able to distinguish odorous house ants from other ant species by their food preferences. Unlike some other kinds of ants, odorous house ants are especially attracted to meats and sweets. So if you have a line of ants going directly to your cookie jar or your jerky packet, it could be odorous house ants. 
 
Odorous house ants are also attracted to moisture, so you might find them in places in your house where water is easy to access. They could be near leaky plumbing pipes, inside walls near hot water heaters, or hiding out in moisture-damaged wood. These ants are opportunistic nesters, so if you see them in your home, they might be coming inside to find food, but they might also be your unwanted roomies. Odorous house ants can nest under carpets, inside wall cracks, underneath floorboards, behind paneling, and beneath carpets.

How To Get Rid Of Odorous House Ants

The first rule of thumb is if you don’t want to stink up your room, don’t smash these ants to get rid of them. It’s better to keep them out of your house, to begin with. To do this:

  • Keep all food stored either in the fridge or in airtight containers (preferably hard plastic).

  • Don’t leave pet food or pet bowls sitting out, as even uneaten crumbs can attract ants.

  • Fix moisture issues like leaky plumbing or clogged drainage. 

  • Vacuum often to suck up crumbs that might attract ants. 

  • Tightly cover garbage and take out the trash frequently.

  • Try to eliminate potential access points by sealing up cracks and crevices in your house.

Unfortunately, odorous house ants are a stubborn pest. They move their entire nests as frequently as every three weeks, and they’re not at all picky about where they live. This means they’re tough to get rid of because if you disturb them in one spot, it’s no problem – they’ll just move to another (and another and another).

If the odorous house ants in your home are bumming you out, let us here at Noble Pest Solutions give you a hand. We’ve been providing quality pest control services to the Western North Carolina area for over 15 years. Our residential packages cover both the exterior and interior of your home and include inspection, treatment, and maintenance visits to help you control tons of common household pests – including odorous house ants! So give us a call at (828) 358-2388 or visit our contact page at Noble Pest Solutions to schedule your service today! 

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