Pied Piper Exterminators

Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants (Tapinoma sessile) have a petiole consisting of one segment which is nearly hidden beneath the abdomen, lack a ring of hairs at the tip of the abdomen, lack a sting, and produce a smell described as "rotten coconut" when crushed. Workers are monomorphic, around 2.4 to 3.2 mm long and are brown to black in color. Colonies contain numerous queens and may be found nesting in walls, sills and floors in homes. Their natural food source is honeydew produced by other insects and in homes they prefer sugary food.