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Tapinoma sessile
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
The ant is known by its characteristic foul smell like rotten coconut that it produces when crushed.
They are brown to black measuring between 2 to 3.5 mm.
They are social insects with colonies reaching more than 10, 000 ants.
Size : 1/16 inches to 1/8 inches
Shape : Segmented, Oval
Color : Brown or Black    
Legs: 6
Wings : Varies
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Odorous House Ant
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda    
Class : Insecta
Order : Hymenoptera
Family : Formicidae
Species : Tapinoma sessile
They are attracted to sweet smelling and sugary foods like fruits, ice cream.
Outside they live under logs, stones, mulch and other farm debris. Around the house they build their nests in wall voids and crevices.
Seal all cracks in the house.
Use sweet smelling insect baits to trap them.
Spraying them without targeting their colonies is a waste of time as they get to regroup again. Call pest management services for total elimination.
They are a nuisance when they hang around the house.  They also contaminate food by walking on to it with dirt from outside.
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