Odorous House Ants receive their name from the smell that they emit when crushed. It is similar to the smell of coconut. Odorous House Ants have been a persistent pest for many years and are the main ant that we receive calls about. OHA’s are scavengers and will eat most household foods especially those that contain sugar. They will also eat other insects.
OHA’s will form colonies near heat sources, insulation or near water sources. They tend to form colonies under rocks, mulch or soil when outdoors. They are able to trail long distances, but usually stay within 50 feet of the colony. Colonies can range in size from a few hundred up to several thousands.
OHA’s are not aggressive. They generally are most noticeable in homes after a heavy rain or long periods of rain. They range in color from brown to black and are usually 1/8” in length.
OHA’s are tough and adapt well to hot to cold. The longer someone waits to begin treatment the longer it will take to control the situation. Control can take multiple treatments and several weeks. Standing water should be eliminated and plants should be trimmed so that they can’t touch the structure. All cracks, holes and joints should be sealed, especially those that are near the ground.
Ants can be a nuisance to you inside or outside your home, or both! We use a variety of products to target ants at the source. Sometimes after a treatment ants will get worse for a few days before they get better. Don’t worry – this is normal. You will see a marked reduction in the ants within two weeks after your initial treatment. offshore payment gateway scripts to integrate shopping cart