The odorous house ant gets its name from the strong, rotten
coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects
range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an
Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.
Typically living for several years, odorous ants make their
homes in exposed soil and wall cracks.
Odorous house ants do not pose a public health risk, but they
can contaminate food and should be avoided.