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Sugar Ants are, by far, the most common little black ant found indoors in our area. There are at least two species. They both appear to be dark brown to black. One species is about an 1/8th of an inch and one is about half that size, or a little longer than a single penny is thick. Definitely a 'Tiny' black ant.
Odorous house ants are opportunists, nesting both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, odorous ants can nest in wall crevices, near heaters, water pipes, under carpets, beneath floors or sometimes behind paneling. Outdoors, odorous house ants place their shallow nests beneath soil as well as in logs, mulch, debris, and under rocks.
Like all ants, odorous house ants live in colonies. Each colony may contain two or more queens and over 10,000 workers. The queens of an odorous ant colony can produce thousands of workers and hundreds of reproductives. The reproductives are the future queens.
Odorous house ants forage for food night and day. Outdoors they prefer honeydew from aphids and mealybugs. When the honeydew supply is reduced in autumn, they often move indoors for food. Indoors, they eat meats, sugary foods, dairy products, pastries, cooked or raw vegetables, and fruit juices.
When alarmed by a predator, worker odorous ants will move in quick, erratic motions, raising their abdomens into the air.
Each nest of Sugar Ants may contain multiple queens and the nests in your house and yard may be related to the nests in your neighbors. In fact, they may be part of a super colony that covers large residential areas, several city blocks and more.
Sugar Ants are usually in a home for a long time before being noticed. When they finally do get noticed, they are usually spotted in the early spring.
Interior activity usually stops a few weeks later when their preferred food sources emerge on the exterior: aphids, other insects, and various other sources.
After treatments, they usually come back again, having followed the 'scent' trails they established earlier, soon after the control materials start breaking down - they just aren't showing up where you can see them.
Sugar Ants AKA Odorous
House Ants. So called
because when you smash
them they smell bad, like
urine (some people call
them piss ants.) However,
many types of ants smell
bad when you smash them.
Sugar Ants get their name
because they readily feed
on sugar, pop, syrup, and
While Odorous House Ants are also often referred to as Sugar Ants, they are sometimes referred to as: Grease Ants, House Ants, Kitchen Ants, Piss Ants, Sweet Ants, Odorous Ants, and Odiferous Ants.
These are the ants that seem to appear out of nowhere when you leave out a slurpee cup, or a few cake crumbs are scattered on the floor. Their fondness for sweets gives them their most common nickname. They will sometimes switch off of sweets if the colony needs more protein. Sometimes they only seem to be after water from your dishwasher.
Greatly enlarged picture
of a Sugar Ant (OHA)
Odorous House Ant damage
Sugar Ants are not thought of as a wood destroying ant, although they will sometimes mine moisture damaged or rotten wood. If your ants seem to walk around close to or at the top of walls, you may have Velvety Tree Ants which are about the same size and color but they do cause damage. There is also a species of Carpenter Ant that is quite small and Carpenter Ants are known for the damage they are capable of
Sugar Ant prevention
As a normal part of our service for customers we are always pointing out conditions which make their homes more attractive to ants, such things as clogged gutters, siding in touch with the ground, and too much vegetation against the structure. To have us inspect your home for more steps you can take to prevent these pests, call and schedule an appointment today. These steps will help you get rid of Odorous House Ants, or rid of Sugar Ants as they are sometimes called, and help our control materials to be as effective as possible. ANT PREVENTION