Odorous Ants Control

Ants are ubiquitous insects found all over the world. They represent a diverse and successful group of organisms. Most species of ants are relatively harmless. Some may cause problems for humans. One such problem is the presence of odorous ants – a common pest in many regions.


Odorous ants (also known as stink ants) belong to the genus Tapenoma. It consists of more than 200 species. These ants are small. They are between 2 and 3 mm in length. The color of these ants is dark brown or black. They have a distinct smell that gives them their name. This odour can be more noticeable when they are crushed. Stink ants also have a distinct shape with a narrow waist. 

Odorous Ants Control
Odorous Ants Control

What Do They Eat?

Like most ant species, odorous ants are omnivores. They use many food sources. They eat sweets, meat, fat and even dead insects. Stink ants prefer high moisture foods. Because of this, they are attracted to sheds, wet areas and even pet food.


Characteristics of Odorous Ants include:

  • Distinctive odour when crushed

  • Small size (2-3mm)

  • Two antennae on head

  • Dark brown or black colour

  • Segmented appearance with narrow waist

  • Omnivorous diet, including sweets, meats, fats, and dead insects

  • Attracted to high moisture content foods and damp areas

Odorous Ants CONTROL
Odorous Ants CONTROL

Can They Cause Damage?

Odorous ants are not known to cause structural damage like other types of pests such as termites or carpenter ants. But they can still cause problems and cause some damage. These ants are attracted to moisture and can make trails around sinks bathtubs and water pipes. They can also contaminate food sources in homes and businesses. In some cases odorous ants damage electrical appliances by building nests inside them.

Prevention and Control

To prevent odorous ant infestations – it is important to keep the following practices in mind:

  • Make sure that good sanitation practices are followed and that ants are excluded from buildings.

  • A caulking compound should be used around cracks and crevices that provide entry from outside into a foundation.

  • Keeping sugary spills clean and eliminating food sources inside the building is one way to prevent ants from gaining access to suitable food.

  • Building nests is discouraged by a border of gravel or stones surrounding the foundation of a house. Landscape plants and wood chip mulch are also helpful.

  • Keep food sealed and stored properly as this will limit potential food sources for ants.

  • Eliminate excess moisture and standing water as ants are attracted to damp environments.

  • Trees that are adjacent to houses and consistently host ants should be removed.


If you’re dealing with a pesky infestation of odorous ants, you know just how unpleasant it can be. These insects can quickly take over your home and leave an unpleasant scent in their wake.  One of the best things you can do is to contact a professional pest control service like Express Pest Control. Our experts have the experience and equipment necessary to eliminate the problem quickly and effectively. With their help you will be able to enjoy a clean pest free home in no time. So, Call us today at 604-499-6530 to schedule your appointment and get rid of those pesky odorous ants for good!