What are black ants called?

  • Small Ants
  • Black Ants
  • Sugar Ants
  • Pavement Ants
  • Odorous Ants

They go by many names but the result is always the same – they drive you crazy!   The odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) is the most common ant problem in the Portland area during mid winter through early spring.

Many of us have grown up seeing them and calling them by various names – small ants, sugar ants, pavement ants, odorous ants, etc.   Interestingly, a name can often affect how we perceive a pest and the significance of the problem.   Some folks are lead to believe not much bad can come from something called a “small ant” or “sugar ant.”    However, odorous ant colonies, left untreated, can amass to a size of 50,000 to 100,000 ants.   That’s no small problem!

While not destructive like a carpenter ant, odorous ants have the ability to suddenly overrun any given room of your home.

Moist areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are usually the first, but aggressive ants will soon be looking for other areas to move in to.The photo below shows what is common to see the first few days that an infestation becomes visible.   I say becomes visible because at this point, the ants have already been nearby for quite a while.

Odorous Ants on counter - just the beginning.

Odorous Ants on counter – just the beginning.

This is the stage where the homeowner might be surprised but not overwhelmed yet and might try to handle the problem with a paper towel, household cleaner or the nearest can of over the counter bug spray.

None of those options will solve the problem and one, spraying the wrong type of pesticide, can actually make the problem worse.

There is good news, however, for those in Portland with odorous ants.   If you see a small gathering of ants such as the one above, call a professional ASAP.   Prompt action will help fix your problem before the colony grows to scary proportions.

Are you ready to say goodbye to your ants?   Let All Pest Control help you today – get your FREE estimate.