Because I run a website on pests, many people ask me, “How do I get rid of tiny house ants?” Getting rid of tiny house ants isn’t as difficult as you might imagine.
Odorous House Ants (Tapinoma sessile) can be brown or black. Like all insects, they have six legs and also have a segmented oval body. They are typically 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. They have antennae. They swarm in early summer.
You know you’re dealing with them if, when crushed, you smell a faint coconut odor.
Odorous House Ants have extremely large colonies, in some cases having more than 100,000 members and hundreds of breeding Queens.
They like to live in shallow surfaces and can often be found in mulch, debris, and rotting logs. They also can nest indoors preferring the cold dark spaces of walls, hot water pipes, and carpets. This makes getting rid of tiny house ants a problem.
While they don’t bite or sting, they are a nuisance. They can also cause some minor house damage.
To get rid of tiny house ants, first remove all potential food sources. You should wipe up spills, keep counter tops clean, and store all food (especially sweets) in sealed containers.
Then, spray the ants that are visible to you with a mixture of water and peppermint essential oil. To keep the ants away, sprinkle coffee grounds around the kitchen.
Ultimately, you’ll want to attack the nest though if you want to get rid the ants once and for all.
When you find a nest, use this mixture to destroy it. Mix 5 tspb. Of cornmeal with 3 tspb of bacon grease. Add 3 tspb. of baking powder and 3 packages of yeast. Then, put it on something like a canning jar lid and place the lid near the nest.