Odorous House Ants are the skunks of the insect world. These small black ants release an odor much like a skunk when they are threatened; fortunately, the odor has little effect on us, but can be a great deterrent against predators closer to the ants’ own size. The odor is also a great way to identify odorous house ants which is extremely important because the behaviors of this type of ant are quite different from other ants. While the odor is not harmful, the ants themselves can be extremely invasive as they forage for sugars and food crumbs around the house.
- Sanitation is the key to preventing odorous house ant infestations; keep food crumbs and sugary drink spills cleaned up to eliminate food sources
- Keep firewood and scrap wood piles at least 100 feet away from structures and off the ground if possible
- Fix any damaged or rotting wood on the structure as this is a likely entry point for pests
- Repair any moisture problems such as roof or plumbing leaks as they may also become entry points for pests
- Trim back tree branches and foliage at least 3 feet away from structures to eliminate access for pests
- Seal cracks and spaces in the foundation and around plumbing and electrical fixtures entering the house
Identification of Odorous House Ants is essential because they have the ability to detect the presence of repellent pest control products. If repellent products are used in an attempt to control the ants, it can actually make the problem worse because the ants will split their colony to avoid the treated areas, creating an even larger problem throughout the home. For Odorous House Ants, we use a non-repellent product that the ants cannot detect, so when they crawl through it, they pick up the product and transfer it back to the entire colony, thus controlling the entire population.
Odorous House Ants can sometimes be confused with Carpenter Ants because they have some similar visual characteristics, but Carpenter Ant workers range in size (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch) while Odorous House Ant workers are smaller and are all the same size (about 1/8 of an inch). In addition to size difference, Odorous House Ants can also be identified by the smell they give off when they are crushed. If you crush an Odorous House Ant, it will give off a smell like rotten coconuts. The smell is very distinctive and will help to identify this invasive species. When you call Eagle Pest Eliminators, we positively identify the ant species and provide recommendations to ensure effective and safe treatments, and your 100% satisfaction.
Treatment and Safety
Our technicians will treat your residence in the most eco-friendly manner possible to keep your family and our environment safe. Our technician will start with a visual inspection to identify the species and find the nesting areas. After discovering where the nests are located, the technician will treat with EPA approved products to eliminate the infestation. Odorous House Ants can be one of the most difficult pests to eliminate, so our technician will also schedule a follow-up visit to ensure the job is complete to your satisfaction.
Contact Us Today
When you contact us for a free estimate, our certified technicians will inspect your home and provide you with a detailed plan to eliminate those unwanted invaders. They will also discuss treatment options to ensure you are informed before they take any action.
If you need Odorous House Ants removed in Seattle, WA, call our staff today at 425-398-7365. We will provide you with peace of mind, valuable information, and affordable service.