Identify Your Pest

Odorous Ant

Quick Facts


2.5-3.25 mm long

Preferred Habitat

Odorous ants can infest homes in search of food of almost any kind, including dairy products, sweets, meats, fruits, vegetables, bread and more. Inside homes they nest inside walls or beneath the floor. They are more likely to invade your home during rainy weather and in the fall.

Known Health Issues

Odorous ants do not sting, bite or carry diseases.
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Odorous ants are found in a number of environments, but the most aggravating, of course, is the home. The ants come in different shades of brown and black and can be anywhere from 1/16 to ⅛ inches long. When odorous ants are crushed, they produce a distinct unpleasant smell. Odorous ants often leave trails where the colonies most traffic occurs, which can help locating the origin of the colony.


Is the Odorous Ant Dangerous?

The danger associated with odorous ants is that they may contaminate food while they feed. Otherwise, they’re considered nuisances.