Updated: Jan 19, 2020
Odorous House Ants (tapinoma Sessie)
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Of the hundreds of species of ants, only about 10 are considered major pests. In southern Indiana the most common within urban areas is the odorous house ant. Here are a few facts about the odorous house ant.
1. In urban sites colonies can have up to 500,000 workers, many queens, and many nests.
2. Ants from different colonies are aggressive towards each other. However, if they are from different nests but are part of the same colony they do not fight.
3. In the winter, the colony contracts into a few nest sites. In the spring the number of sites increases until it reaches its highest amount of sites in the summer.
4. To nest, Odorous house ants chose moist, shady sites that are close to a food source. They move their nests often, sometimes once every few weeks.
5. Odorous house ants follow a trail from nest to nest, and from nest to food source.
6. They are very opportunistic, meaning they chose easily accessible nest sites such as in firewood, cardboard, mulch, and wall voids.
7. When OHAs invade structures their nests can usually be found outside, trailing inside for food.
8. Odorous house ants favorite food is honeydew. They usually forage for food at night or during the cooler parts of the day.
OHA are one of the most common pests in Evansville, Newburgh, and Posey County. They can be extremely difficult to control due to budding. Yikes! PEST Control specializes in controlling these unwanted pests.
Call or text us today with any questions or issues you have with odorous house ants.
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