The most common ant found throughout Sussex County, Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Odorous Ant is also one of the most active and potentially damaging. Typically about about 1/8 of an inch and black or brown in color, Odorous Ants get their name because they smell like rotting coconuts when crushed. Living in colonies in sizes of about 100,000 these ants are most active in Spring, Summer and Fall, although Winter only slows them down a little. They can be found just about anyplace inside and out: in rotting trees, near and under concrete, between window frames, cracks, crevices, etc. Though they are primarily attracted to sweets they will eat just about anything including veggies, dairy and meat.
Due to the size of their colonies, treatment typically involves taking measures to eliminate the colony and any remnants of it immediately. However, because these ants are year round invaders, year round maintenance is a smart decision.