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Odorous House Ant

House Fly


Color: Brown or black
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 1/16" - 1/8"
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.


This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from 1/16 of an inch to 1/8 of an inch long.




Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.




Typically living for several years, these ants make their homes in exposed soil and wall cracks.




These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.




Eliminate standing water. Pests such as odorous house ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.


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