Get rid of odorous ants

Odorous house ants, known by their common nickname “sugar ants,” are frequent and annoying pests here in the Pacific Northwest. This tiny, black ant species is about ⅛ inch long. While generally harmless, they are a challenge to eradicate. The most common sign of odorous house infestation is foraging worker ants. 


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Odorous House Ants

Odorous ants forage for a variety of foods, including meats, dairy products, vegetables, and sweet substances. You can always identify them by their namesake: a sickly sweet scent they emit, similar to rotten coconuts or blue cheese. We recommend contacting a licensed Pest Control Technician to treat these ants because of their pesky nature and sensitivity to chemicals. Sunrise has a team of experts ready to deal with any odorous house ant infestation, big or small. SEE ALSO
Odorous house ants can develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens. They can detect and avoid the most common pesticides, so be aware that using an over-the-counter chemical can make an odorous house ant infestation worse. This species can be difficult to establish control unless you find the colonies or sub-colonies and treat them directly or indirectly with a strategic application of pesticides by a licensed professional. Odorous ants can build their nesting sites indoors and outdoors. They nest indoors – inside homes, in walls, beneath carpeting, cracks and crevices, and other suitable voids or spaces conducive to their needs. Nests can also be established outdoors under items on the ground, within landscape mulch, beneath loose bark on trees, under ground cover, in potted plants, and within piles of items such as lumber, firewood, or bricks. Regular inspections and preventative service are typically recommended to find and treat new colonies, as they can move in from neighboring properties that may have an infestation.

End Odorous House Ant problems in 3 easy steps.