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Odorous House Ants

Tapinoma sessile is a species of small ants that goes by the common names odorous house ant, sugar ant, stink ant, and coconut. The colony consists of multiple nests with many queens for reproduction purposes. These creatures have different strategies in their food-gathering habits depending on environmental conditions.

The odorous house ant has become one of the most difficult ants to control in Kentucky and much of the Midwest. The ant is small (1/8-inch), blackish, and forms distinct trails along surfaces.

Ants are a nuisance in many ways. They contaminate food, build unsightly mounds on the property and cause damage by hollowing out wood and other materials for nesting.

Odorous house ants will nest in many different locations, both outdoors and indoors. They commonly live outside under mulch stones pavement woodpiles flower pots siding foraging inside looking for food and moisture. The nests tend to be mobile- colonies relocate fast and often in response to changes in the weather or being disturbed.

This ant can be difficult to control without professional help.

Odorous House Ants

Sign of Infestation

Preferred nesting sites for ants include spaces behind walls, cabinets, appliances, or window, and door frames, or beneath floors and concrete slabs. These hidden areas can make it difficult to determine their precise location.

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