The Odorous House Ant gets its name from an odorous fluid they produce to fend off other insects. When the ants are crushed, a unique odor becomes detectable; some describe the smell as rotten coconut, others say it smells like ammonia.
They are polygenic (multiple queens within one colony), which allows them to grow their colonies at an incredible rate; a single colony can have as many as 10,000 workers. These colonies can be built in almost any environment: the leaf pile in your backyard, the junk drawer in your kitchen, or inside the insulation found in your walls. They are also nomadic, capable of moving their entire colony from place to place in search of food and shelter.