Odorous House Ants
The odorous house ant is a brown or black ant that is roughly ⅛-in long. These ants were given this name because when they are crushed, they give off a foul, rotten smell. Like most ants, they enjoy sweet and sugary foods, especially honeydew from aphids. They will also invade homes in search of sweets. If they are unable to find sweet foods, dead insects and greases will make do.
When formed outside, nests are typically underneath rocks or boards, but they are no stranger to nesting within human structures. Odorous house ants prefer to live near moist areas, particularly near water pipes or heaters. Like most ants, they live in a colony beholden by a queen with both worker and soldier ants.