The odorous house ant gets its name from the strong, rotten
coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny brown ants
range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an
Odorous house ants like to eat sweets and are especially fond of
honeydew. They are known to move their nests every three months or
so in response to rain.
Indoors, odorous house ants nest near moisture sources, such as
in wall voids near hot water pipers, in heaters, beneath leaky
fixtures and inside wood damaged by termites. Outside, odorous ants
are often found in exposed soil or under stacks of firewood.
Odorous house ants do not pose a public health risk, but they
can contaminate food and should be avoided. If you notice odorous
ants in your property, contact an ant pest control specialist.