Odorous House Ant

Odorous House Ant Image

Actual Size:

Actual Size: 1/16″ to 1/8″


They are brown or black. The best identifying characteristic is the “rotten coconut” smell they produce when they are crushed; hence the name.


  • Odorous house ants have multiple queens.
  • They often form many colonies by “budding” off the original colony.
  • Outdoors they usually nest under stones, logs, and planters.
  • Indoors, the usually nest in wall voids near heat sources.
  • They prefer sweets, but will eat almost any household food.
  • They invade structures during heavy rains when the honeydew of plants is washed off.