Odorous Garden Ant
Common name: Odorous Garden Ant
Scientific name: Iridomyrmex spp.
Black in colour
Produces a distinctive odour when crushed
Not commonly found indoors
Compound eyes placed relatively high on the head away from the mandibles
Sometimes confused with the Argentine ants but they differ in color and odour when they’re crushed
Key features and biology
This ant is commonly found across Australia.
As their name would indicate they produce a really distinct odour when they’re crushed and is one of the most easily recognisable species of ant, amongst other black ants, due to this distinguishing feature. They frequently venture across garden edges and similar areas and are found to be a common pest within houses and gardens.
The Odorous Garden Ant feeds very aggressively on other insects and they scavenge for moisture. There are large amounts of ants seen when the immatures are being moved between different areas within the nests. This ant species is known to have either a single or multiple queens within their nests and the nests have multiple nests. There is only a single worker caste though.
Their feed predominantly on protein sources (primarily other insects) however, they will feed on liquid sugars primarily for the moisture components.
Approx. 4 mm
No hassles for any of our professional and certified staff at A1Pest Control, give us a call on 0417 251 911 today for a no hassles quote or to organize a last minute appointment!
“We are lucky enough to do what we love! Taking care of pests and ensuring your safety is the primary focus of our business.” – Bruce Gow