As April showers bring ants marching into homes, our technicians come across several different kinds, but the main ant Hoffman’s has been treating for is the odorous house ant or Tapinoma sessile. This ant is small, about 1/8 of an inch long, dark brown to shiny black, an uneven thorax when looked at from the side, and its most distinct feature of a strong odor when crushed. This strong odor of rotten coconut or blue cheese is how this ant got its name.
When living outside odorous house ants feed on the honeydew of aphids, which is a sugary waste product. In autumn, when aphids start to diminish, these ants move inside homes where they prefer sweets like cookies, fruit juices, and dairy. The rainy spring weather is another cause of these tiny ants coming in as their homes full of water.
Odorous house ants will nest both outside and inside in wall crevices, under carpets, beneath floors, paneling, or near heaters. They will forage during day and night and these foraging worker ants are the most common sign of an indoor infestation.
While odorous house ants do not bite or sting they can be very persistent and travel in large numbers that can easily contaminate a pantry of food. Contact Hoffman’s today for a free inspection and estimate to take care of your ant invaders.