The strong rotten coconut like smell is how Odorous ants got its name. When these ants are crushed, it omits the unpleasant odor. Ranging from dark brown to black, odorous ants can be anywhere from 1/16″ – 1/8″ long. These six legged pests do not bite or sting, and are on the move every few months always looking for moist areas. If they do make their way into your home you want to make sure all your sweets and sugary foods are sealed since they contaminate everything they touch. If you get near the working ants you may see them move in quick motions and put their abdomens in the air.
An odorous ant infestation is usually found in homes after rainfall. These types of ants are most commonly attracted to wet conditions and areas with heat. If you believe you have an infestation, you should check around heated sources such as your hot water pipes and under the floor, especially if it’s heated. Odorous ants forage throughout the day and night and can be found in direct trails or in various patterns. These ants can travel great distances, so if you see these ants in your home, it does not necessarily mean they are nesting in your home. However, if you start seeing winged odorous ants flying in swarms, this is the number one indication that you have an infestation.