Need pest help? Save $50 on your first recurring service today with code GET50

There are little black bugs crawling in my bathroom

Question: I found little black bugs crawling in my kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. They were also in my cabinets attacking the brown sugar and in the bathroom closet attacking the mouthwash and cough medicine. Are these ants? I have been spraying inside and it is helping some, but I am still getting them.

Also, I have bad insulation that got wet and moldy that I am in the process of removing. Could they be living in there, or would they be more likely to be in my crawl space or outside in my aluminum siding? How much do you charge to come out after the free inspection?

Answer: The small black ants you have seen could be ''odorous house ants.''

This being said, ant species identification is critical when it goes to controlling them. Applying the incorrect treatment to ants can actually turn a bad situation into a worse one. While these ants we may think are attracted to sugars and sweets like that found in your mouthwash, cough medicine, and even toothpaste, it could also be another species.

The key here is to properly identify the ant and come up with the correct treatment. A highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist can do this for you. Once the assessment is complete, a customized treatment backed by science will be developed and implemented.

Call your local Orkin Branch Office today for assistance.

Ask Orkin

Get More Answers from Orkin

How do I get rid of tiny red bugs in my bathroom?


I looked online, and it sounds like they are chiggers. If this is what they are, is there something that can be done?

How do I get roaches out of my car?


How do I get roaches out of my car?

How do I kill house lizards?


How do I kill house lizards?

How to Identify Voles vs. Moles | Rodent Control


Moles and voles are both rodents but differ in appearance and behavior. Learn how to identify voles vs. moles and get rid of them with help from an Orkin Pro.

Bird Mite Removal Questions: Bird Mites in Laundry Room


Bird mites in laundry rooms. Orkin answers your bird mite removal questions. Get infestation help today. Call for services available in your area.

Should I buy a house with beam damage from insects?


Could it be ants instead of termites causing the damage?

Long, brown, hard shell bug that jumps

Carpenter Ant Infestation in the House


Large carpenter ant infestations can cause structural damage to your home. Make sure your home is protected from carpenter ants with Orkin.

Spraying for bed bugs did not work


If the neighboring unit has bed bugs, am I looking at being sprayed every three months?

What Do Bed Bugs and Eggs Look Like on Clothes?


What do I do with the clothes?

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.


Find a Branch

Our local Pros are the pest experts in your area.

Get a Personalized Quote

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your home.



Pest ControlTermite ControlPrevent and Protect


Browse All Pests

© 2024 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers

Your Branch  

Call Now