Odorous House Ant
Odorous House Ants are dark brown to black/brown ants that are about 1/16th of an inch in size with an oval, segmented body. While these pests are not known to carry diseases to humans, they do emit a very offensive ‘rotten coconut’ odor when crushed. This ant species is particularly drawn to sweets and melons, and is very good at contaminating food supplies in your pantry and cupboards.
Identifying specific ants helps with proper ant control. Ant control is necessary in New Jersey especially with carpenter ants. To learn more about wood damaging carpenter ants, please visit our carpenter ant pest identification page.
Dangers Associated With Ants
While most of the ants mentioned above are considered nuisance ants and are more annoying than threatening, some ants will contaminate food and equipment. Ant control is necessary whether it’s regarding nuisance or contamination.
There are many things that you can do as a homeowner to stop any species of ants from invading your home in an act of ant control. The best prevention step to take is inspecting the outside of your home and fixing the areas that may attract ants and/or allow them to get inside.
Trim back overgrown trees and bushes from the exterior of your home; make sure that outdoor trash cans have locking lids and that trash is regularly removed from your property. Seal any cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation or exterior walls, caulk any gaps that are found around exterior windows, and installing door sweeps on all exterior doors. It can also be helpful to make sure there is a stone or rock barrier between any grass or mulch and the foundation of your home.
There are also steps that you can take inside your home to stop ants from being attracted to it to forage for food. Regularly remove trash, and make sure not to leave dirty dishes in your sink or on counters and stovetops overnight. It is important to store food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator and not out in the open on counters or tables; and, of course, clean up spills and crumbs quickly!
Ant Treatment & Control
While there are many DIY treatments available at retail stores, they only treat the tip of the iceberg- the few ants that you see in your home. In order to truly eliminate an ant infestation all of the foraging ants and all of the nesting areas need to be found and eliminated. Also, if DIY ant products are not mixed or used properly, they are potentially very dangerous for you, your family and your pets to be around.
The best way to completely get rid of an ant problem, no matter what the species, is with the help of an ant control exterminator. At ChemTec Pest Control, we provide year-round safe and natural ant control services in New Jersey. We find and eliminate all ants and their nests from your home and property, and provide continued service to prevent future problems with them.
For information on our PestGuard Home Protection plan and how it can help you with ant extermination, please contact us today!