I have these really stinky little black ants in my kitchen. They've been crawling on my kitchen countertops and if you poick one up and smash them they stink. Nasty! I haven't sprayed anything since this is in my kitchen. What can I do?
It sounds like you have either odorous house ants or citronella ants. Both commonly infest homes and can smell quite strong when crushed. The key to getting control is to not spray so it's a good thing you haven't done anything yet. If you take some time to read our online ANT CONTROL ARTICLE, you'll learn the best thing to do for the ants you're seeing in the home is to set out some ANT GEL. Let them find and feed on it for as long as possible. This will ensure the product is brought back to the nest and shared by other ants. In most cases, the colony will die off in 4-6 days.
You should also treat the outside foundation of the home with some PHANTOM or CYPERMETHRIN listed in the article. Even in the winter months the average home is more than warm enough to sustain ant colonies on or alongside their foundation. Treating the outside is key to prevention and control and it's vital that you spray on a regular basis from the spring through fall. Lastly, you'll need to treat the yard once the weather warms unless you're in a warm climate now. Again, many species including both Odorous and Citronella ants will thrive out in the turf. By treating the yard and foundation you'll be able to stop future invasions. Using the bait on the inside now will take care of the current population you're seeing.
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