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Odorous House Ant

What are odorous house ants?

Odorous house ants, Tapinoma sessile, are a small species of ant; they are a common ant that invades homes and are considered to be scavengers.  They give off a “rotten coconut” smell when they are smashed or crushed; because of this they are also commonly called stink ants or coconut ants.

What do they look like?

Odorous house ants are brown to black in color and are about 1/16th - 1/8th of an inch in length.

Do odorous house ants bite?

No, they do not bite. 

Are odorous house ants dangerous?

Odorous house ants are not dangerous, but they can contaminate your food as they forage. They are considered to be nuisance pests.

What are the signs of an odorous house ant infestation?

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Odorous house ant prevention tips

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Fixing the areas around your home like cracks in foundations and gaps around windows and doors will help to prevent them from entering your home. Not leaving food out on your counter or dirty dishes in your sink will prevent them from having a food or water source. Signing up for year round home pest control services can also help you protect your home and prevent ants and other pests from taking over.

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