What’s that smell? Tapinoma sessile! Or the common name “Odorous House Ant.” Also known as the stink ant or coconut ant, the odorous house ant is named from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These ants really enjoy honeydew, and other sweet treats.
Indoors, they are likely to nest near moisture sources, such as beneath leaky fixtures in bathrooms, under kitchen or bathroom sinks, in wall voids near hot water pipes, and also in wood damaged by termites
Outside, they may be found in exposed soil or under stacks of firewood or other materials.
Identify Odorous House Ants
- Colour: Brown to black
- Shape: Segmented; oval
- Size: 1/16″ – 1/8″ long