Tapinoma sessile Subfamily Dolichonderinae
Our most common pest ants in Eastern Oklahoma are both a fascinating creatures and aggravating pests.
How to ID an Odorous Pest Ant: crush one! The smell has been described as rotten coconut smell, or blue cheese smell. Very unique, characteristic odor.
The workers are brown to dark brown, and workers are all the same size, about 1/8″ in length.
Very Common: Native to US. Distributed throughout the US. Considered as having “the widest geographic range, and greatest ecological tolerance of any ant in North America” (Menke et al. 2010)
Colony size can reach 500,000, with multiple queens, satellite colonies, and the ability to nest in voids in your home, as well as other areas on your property and structures.