Getting its name from the scent it gives off when crushed. Common scents experienced are rotten coconut, licorice, and even blue cheese! The odorous ant is typically brown in color and is between 1/16 to 1/8 inch in size; actively moving single file in search of a sweet feast.

Odorous Ant colonies can have several queens and up to several thousand workers nesting inside and outside of your home searching for sweets and honeydew. These workers are also called “Scouts”. Outdoor colonies can be found under wood piles, logs and rocks. They can build their nests inside termite damaged wood, near water heaters where it’s warm and moist, and even by leaky pipes.


  1. Trim tree and bush branches – Ants can enter your home using branches touching your home
  2. Avoid any standing water – They are attracted to moist areas. Possibly fill in any low spots with dirt near the foundation
  3. Check the foundation – These tiny ants can enter through small openings and cracks
  4. Properly store wood – Avoid storing against home
  5. Keep foods tightly sealed – Odorous ants are attracted to sweets but can contaminate other open foods including grease
  6. Wipe counters thoroughly, making sure no sugars and food particles are left to find

Odorous House Ants (OHA’s) are the absolute hardest ant to get rid of. Even with our highly trained technicians, it can take a few trips to get control of an inside issue.

If you feel you have an issue with Odorous Ants or just want to take preventive measures before they become an issue, call Safe Earth Pest Control and let us help you with all your pest control needs. 214-225-6804