Get Rid of
Odorous House 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. 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.

Types of Ants

Odorous House Ants

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.

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End Odorous House Ant problems in 3 easy steps.

Step 1 Initial Service

Thorough Inspection and Treatment

Inspection is always our first course of action when addressing a pest infestation. One of our licensed technicians will begin treatment by inspecting for the source of the infestation. They will also look for existing damage, environmental factors, and other pest problems.

Our technician will decide what treatment techniques will work best to address the specific infestation. We use multiple treatments to get rid of odorous house ant colonies. This includes both interior and exterior control methods such as removing food sources, gel baiting, and perimeter spraying to prevent odorous house ants from coming back to your home. All the materials used to complete the treatment are undetectable by the Ants. This allows for fast and effective ant control.

Step 2 Proactive Treatment

Follow-Ups and Monitoring

Odorous house ants are one of the most difficult ant species to get rid of. Environmental factors, such as vegetation, food availability, and harborage, make some infestations worse than others. It may take two or three Follow-Up treatments to gain full control of the infestation. 

We recommend completing a Follow-Up every two weeks until the activity stops. This way, we can consistently monitor the problem and change our method as needed. We don’t make any contracts here at Sunrise, so you are never obligated to complete a certain number of recommended services. We’re happy to work with your budget and schedule to do what is best for your home.

Step 3 All Pest Protection

Prevent Future Infestations

All Pest Protection is a quarterly maintenance service aimed to prevent infestations of general pests such as ants, rodents, bees, and other insects. We come out on a 3-month rotation to provide an exterior perimeter spray where the home and foundation meet, spot treat around doors and windows for activity, sweep reachable webs and spider egg sacs, and maintain rodent bait stations (secured, locked, black plastic boxes) on the exterior of the home to mitigate outside Rodent populations.

All Pest Protection (APP) can also include various warranties for general pests established after the Initial Inspection and Treatment. Once you get started, each quarterly service is only $109 before tax. Should your house be overrun by fleas, bees, spiders, or any of the pests eligible under your warranty, all you have to do is give us a call. We’ll dispatch a technician to complete a pest-specific treatment at no cost to you under your APP warranty.