Washington D.C.'s Complete Guide To Odorous House Ant Control


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If ants are making their way around your Washington D.C. home, they can bring a variety of problems to you and your family. However, if it’s the odorous house ant, then this is another problem entirely. Please find out how common these Washington D.C. area home invaders are and how to keep them out before the smell becomes the least of your worries.

What’s That Smell?

Odorous house ants are some of the smaller ants that will invade your Washington, D.C., area home. This makes them incredibly difficult to control. These ants, typically brown in color, will invade your home in large numbers. They come in search of food sources that can sustain their colony, so they will send in a few ants at a time to scout the area. If you notice these small, brown ants scouting around your kitchen or garage, then you could have a huge problem on your hands.

Many people discount odorous house ants, thinking that there are more important pest problems to deal with. However, odorous house ants are considered a nuisance ant because, even though they pose no real threat to health or property, they can contaminate food sources while foraging. 

Plus, they do emit a foul odor as they forage around your home. This odor will be even more intense when the ants are disturbed or if you crush the ants. That’s why trying to control odorous house ants on your own will typically make the problem and the smell much worse than it needs to be. Odorous house ants, even more so than most pests, need to be dealt with professionally. 

The Top Five Ways To Prevent Odorous House Ants

Even though controlling these ants on your own can be difficult, there are certain ways you can reduce their attraction to your property and make your home much less conducive to these invasive pests. Here are the top five ways that you can reduce odorous house ant attraction to your property: 

  1. Identify and seal potential entry points with silicone-based caulking. (Remember that odorous house ants are tiny, so they will typically be able to squeeze through most of the cracks and crevices around your property).

  2. Control moisture issues around the property by using a dehumidifier in the basement and crawlspace along with proper ventilation strategies.

  3. Store food and trash properly both inside and outside the house.

  4. Practice regular cleaning habits to avoid loose crumbs.

  5. Partner with an American Pest residential pest control technician to avoid serious long-term issues at the first sign of a problem.

By utilizing all of these techniques, you’ll be able to create a much less conducive environment to a potential infestation. However, even though all of these methods can help you reduce odorous ant attraction to your home, it can be tough to get rid of them on your own once they have invaded. That’s why nothing can guarantee you an ant-free home the way an American Pest residential pest control technician can.

We have years of experience in the industry and the area backing our services, with a vigorous emphasis on customer service. When you notice the signs of odorous house ants trickling through your kitchen a few at a time, don’t wait until the whole colony shows up. If you want to feel like your pest control company’s top priority every time, then give us a call today to schedule an inspection with one of our American Pest residential pest control experts. 


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