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Odorous House Ant Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

Tapinoma Sessile
Tapinoma Sessile
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Odorous house ants are dark brown to black in color. They are 1/8 of an inch long with the workers being of one size. They have one node (bump between middle and rear body sections), but it is difficult to see.

Odorous house ants get their name because the emit an odor similar to coconuts when disbursed or smashed. They also raise their abdomens in air and run around when disturbed.

Odorous house ants can build nests indoors and outdoors. If the nest is outside it will be a shallow nest in mulch next to building and in soil under protection. If the nest is inside it can be found in wall voids and under carpet, usually near water pipes or heaters.

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Where do they live

Wood, board, stone, cardboard, rocks, bricks, loose bark, moisture, wall voids, beneath toilets, bathtraps, wood damaged by termites

Name:

Tapinoma sessile

Size:

2.4-3.3 mm

Diet:

Honeydew, sweets and insects

Thorn Pest Services Tips for keeping odorous house ants away

How To Keep Ants Away
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  • Trim back any shrubs or trees that come into contact with buildings. When plants touch a home or building they create an easy way for ants to crawl onto and access the building.

  • Seal all potential ant entryways. Common entry ways are around windows, doors, and utility lines.

  • Keep dry pet food in sealed bins and clean up any spills.

How to Get Rid of Ants
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  • Try to locate and destroy all nests by following ant trails from food source to the nest.

  • Use an insecticidal bait, especially during winter through early spring with populations are small.

  • Controlling these ants is hard, so consider hiring a pest management professional to help.

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