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Odourous House Ant

Odorous House Ant

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Household Ants - Odorous House Ant

Ants Around the House

Odorous House Ants

The odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile, also known as a "coconut ant", gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from 1/16th of an inch to 1/8th of an inch long and can range from brown to black in color.

Alhtough they don't pose a public health risk, they can contaminate food and should therefore be avoided.

If you're having an ant problem or want to avoid one and you're in my area, call Dura Tech for professional handling of this pest, other types of ants, and other pests that may be bugging you. With my 35+ years of experience, you can bet I've seen more than my share and you can also bet they wish they hadn't seen me.

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What Odorous House Ants Eat

Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon, but they'll eat most other household foods, especially those that contain sugar.


Odorous House Ant Nesting Locations


Indoors, these ants will colonize near heat sources or in insulation.

Outdoors, they'll make their homes under rocks, in exposed soil and in exterior wall cracks.

Nests have also been found in house plants and even in toilet lids.


Odorous House Ant Colonization


  • Colonies range in size from 100-10,000.

  • Each colony may house several queents.

  • Typical time to adult phase of development is 34-38 days.

If you take prompt control measures against odorous house ants as soon as you notice them, control can be relatively easy. However, the longer you wait, the larger the colony will be and the more difficult it is to get them under control.

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Protect yourself, your family and your home from ants, disease-carrying and wood-destroying insects with a comprehensive, single-family home quarterly pest control service plan from Dura Tech. You'll not only get a customized service plan that's tailored to your specific needs, but Dura Tech's Quarterly Residential Pest Management service means you get greener, meaner pest control from the best in the business - all year round.

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NOTE: While most pest control services can be quoted FREE over the phone, there is a $40 service charge for an in-person inspection and estimate, which you get back if you hire me to do the work. All termite problems require an in-person inspection. Dura Tech does not conduct wood destroying insect inspections as required by HUD, VA and conventional lenders for the transfer or sale of real estate.

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