Odorous House Ants

Ant management: Expect to help customers

August 5, 2019 By
Call in the pros, we advise anyone with a pest problem. But what expectations do you set once you arrive and assess your potential customer’s situation? Ants that manage to enter structures are seeking out water and food. To help... Read more»
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Ride along to odorous house ant account

June 7, 2016 By
Odorous house ants are easy to encounter and hard to pin down. Getting to the source(s) takes patience and an integrated approach. “You’ve got ants, eh? No uncles?” In early May, I seized upon the opportunity to follow J.R. Walsh... Read more»
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Tips & Tricks: Pay Attention to Where Odorous House Ant are Trailing

November 3, 2014 By
The odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile, known as OHA) is a small black or brown species that smells like rotten coconut when crushed. Outside, OHA live in colonies in soil, mulch, turfgrass or in logs or flower beds but will... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Odorous House Ants

September 30, 2014 By
  Fiction: Odorous house ants (OHA) or Tapinoma sessile, are easy to kill. Fact: OHA can be managed with customary professional ant control products and techniques. The sooner they’re identified and interventions are put in place, the easier the process. Individually,... Read more»
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Most Wanted: The 411 on the Odorous House Ant

August 20, 2014 By
As the most abundant of social insects (estimated at 1 quadrillion at any given time), more than 12,500 of an estimated 22,000 species of ants are classified. About 1,000 species are classified in the United States, and 33 new species... Read more»
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Dos & Don’ts: Odorous House Ants

August 20, 2014 By
Do the applied myrmecology. Don’t  let the odorous house ants (OHA), Tapinoma sessile, invade structures and offend inhabitants. Do eliminate them though the environmentally benign process of integrated pest management (IPM). The IPM process can be defined as inspection and investigation,... Read more»
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