One good thing about odorous house ants is that they don’t bite. However, if you find a nest of them in your house, you should kill them, as they can contaminate your food. When you squish them, you might smell rotten coconut, bleu cheese or another smell.
Where do odorous ants live? These house ants like to build nests where ever they can find moisture – near hot water pipes, in heaters, near leaky faucets and even in wood that has termite damage. Outside, they’ll build nests under stones, logs, in mulch piles and under debris you might have lying around.
Signs of odorous house ants include ants in your food, trails of ants moving from one place to another, and swarms. You might also see wings on the floor near their nests or trails. Odorous ants bite sugary foods – but generally not humans. They also like the honeydew that aphids leave on plants, so if you have house plants, you should keep them sprayed for aphids.
These little pests tend to move their nests about every three months, or they will move them when it rains. If you noticed signs before, but haven’t been able to locate the nest, look for the trails when they move their nest – they’ll lead you right to the new nest – and the old nest.
Even if you find the nest, they can be difficult to get rid of. Contacting a professional exterminator such as Clint Miller Exterminating will ensure that you get rid of the ants.
Odorous house ants with wings – and without wings – like to feed on sugar. Before you call an exterminator, be sure that you clean up all food remains and take out the trash. If you have problems with ants in your trash, take out the trash every day. Keep food in sealed plastic containers instead of bags and boxes. Always keep your counters wiped clean. Pick up any pet food and keep it covered when your pet is not eating.
Also, they like to build their nests where it is damp. While it might be difficult to keep some areas perfectly dry, such as hot water heater pipes that might form condensation, you should repair any leaks that you have, even if they are small leaks.
Outside, make sure all trees, shrubs and other bushes and plants are trimmed away from the house. Remove any mulch, stone, wood and other debris that might be near the house.
You can use ant baits, pesticides and other methods to get rid of the ants. However, if they come back, you will need the help of a professional exterminator, especially if you can’t find the nest. Once you have had your home exterminated, you should spray the outside of your home frequently. You can use pest control products from big box stores or you can set up a schedule with Clint Miller Exterminating to spray your home every few months.
If you notice an ant infestation, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to get rid of the ants. Be sure you clean up around the outside of your house so they are less attracted to the house. Ask us about preventative pest control when you contact us.