The Odorous Ant

Your Chicagoland Guide on Odorous Ants

The Breakdown

COLOR

SIZE

LEGS

DANGER/DESTRUCTION RATING

Black

1/16 – 1/8 in

Six

Moderate

The Odorous Ant

Odorous ants gets its name from its scent. Many relate the smell to its strong rotten coconut like smell when it is crushed. These pests are described as dark brown to black and range in size from 1/16″ – 1/8″ long. These ants enjoy eating sweets such as sugar and honeydew. You want to be sure to throw away any foods if these ants get into it, as they easily contaminate what they touch. You won’t see these ants for very long as they tend to move their entire colony every few months depending on the rain and the weather. Odorous ants aren’t physically dangerous as they do not bite or sting but they can become extremely annoying when you see them traveling under your roof in large numbers.

Signs of an Infestation

Some of the most common signs of an odorous ant infestation is seeing these ants in your home, especially after rainfall. These ants are most likely to come out after wet conditions and are rarely seen in dry conditions. If you see many of these ants close to a heat source, hot water pipes, or under the floor, this may be an indication of an infestation. These ants forage throughout the day in different patterns or in trails and can travel extremely far. If you see flying swarms, which is their way of mating, this will be your biggest sign of an infestation.

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Understanding the Seasons

Weather has a profound effect on pest life cycle. Most pests, rodents and insects breed aggressively during spring and go through periods of hibernation during autumn and winter.

When the weather slowly begins to heat up, pests start to get more active after having stayed dormant over the colder winter months.

  • Birds often start to find mates and start building their nests.
  • Moths which consumer leaves usually become active again.
  • Flies often emerge from their winter hibernation places and start to breed and spread out.
  • Squirrels also spend the winter in hibernation. When spring approaches these creatures start looking for a new home. This is usually the time when they make their way into lofts and other spaces.

Summer is arguably the best season for pests. It is the time when they are in full swing and breed as rapidly as they can. Wasps are one of the most common summer pests followed by flies and rodents. Many a summer picnics and BBQs have been ruined by the ‘home invasion’ of these pests.

  • Wasps build their nesting grounds and lay their eggs during this time. Although the creatures are not directly harmful, they can be very aggressive and territorial at this time of the year, because they’re at their strongest.
  • The number of fleas also multiplies. Since pets spend more time outdoors during summer, they are more likely to bring the pests back indoors with them.
  • Bees are also more active during summer as they go out to gather nectar. Many times, homeowners find a new beehive in their garden and require pest control to take care of it. Because of their sting, bees are more dangerous than some of the other pests and you should call our professional service to get rid of them.
  • Moths and flies usually start to multiply significantly during summer.
  • Ants begin to swarm to find new mates and start new colonies during summer.
  • Cockroaches become very noticeable in the summer, especially in the kitchen and toilets. This is due to the hotter temperatures and stronger smells.
  • Bedbugs are also very active in the summer.

Autumn is the month when things start to get cooler. The number of pests starts to dwindle as they begin to slow down their breeding activities.

  • Wasps start becoming dozy and docile. You may find them buzzing around occasionally as if they are drunk. This is usually the end-time for their life.
  • Spiders in particular are more active at this time of the year.
  • Squirrels will gather their food and start to look for shelter.
  • The second breeding phase for flies begins. These pests remain active during the season.
  • Rodents also become more active. Due to the approaching cold, rodents usually find shelter inside homes in the loft or inside walls.

The coldest months are when pests seek out warmth and shelter. You will find a number of insects especially rodents and lizards make their way inside your home.

  • Spiders come into our homes to escape the web-destroying frosts.
  • Rodents move indoors to escape the cold, increasing infestations.
  • In many cases, homeowners find squirrels nesting in lofts when they go to get their Christmas decorations.

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