If your home has been invaded by smelly ants, you’re not alone. These tiny, odorous pests are a common nuisance all over Maryland, especially after a few rainy days. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to “live and let live.” There are a number of ways to discourage these ants from setting up housekeeping on your property. But, should they get in, help is available. Raven Termite and Pest Control provides effective pest control in Howard County and beyond. We eliminate ants as well as other troublesome pests.

What are “Smelly” Ants?

Odorous ants (aka “smelly” ants) can be found in all 50 US states. These tiny, dark brown insects emit a smell similar to rotten coconuts and generally prefer areas where they can find food and moisture, such as kitchens, pantries and dining rooms. You’ll most often see them after a heavy rain, when the storm waters have destroyed their nests and forced them indoors seeking shelter. These ants tend to travel in lines and will emit their odor when disturbed.

Tips for Discouraging Ants

Having ants in your kitchen is not inevitable. There are a number of ways to discourage this onslaught. These include…

  • Trimming the trees and bushes near your home. Trees and bushes provide an easy bridge from the outdoors to the interior of your home. Cutting back this foliage makes it more difficult for the ants to get inside.
  • Keeping food put away and dishes clean. Properly storing food and not allowing dirty dishes to pile up in the sink is just common sense and will go a long way towards discouraging those “smelly” ants. This includes pet food bowls.

Effective Pest Control in Howard County

If you find that, despite your best efforts, you still have a smelly ant problem, it’s time to contact a pest control professional. Raven Termite and Pest Control has been assisting homeowners with pest control in Howard County, and beyond, for more than 18 years. We are a full-service pest control company and can help you get rid of insects and wildlife from homes, apartments, office buildings, warehouses and other structures. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and get a free estimate.

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