Temperatures are dropping which means ant populations are likely on the move, potentially into your home or business. You may notice an uptick of ant activity on your property as ants seek shelter from the colder weather. Ant colonies are usually located outside in the ground in your yard or surrounding landscape but will travel into your home foraging for food. As cold weather arrives ants may establish satellite colonies inside your home, most likely near a kitchen or bathroom to remain active during the winter months. As long as the ant population has access to food during this time, they will remain active.
Not only are ants an everyday nuisance, but they can also cause significant damage to wood, drywall, and other areas of the structure. Ants that commonly enter a structure include Acrobat ants, Argentine ants, Carpenter ants, Crazy ants, Dark rover ants, Ghost ants, Odorous ants, Pharaoh ants, and White-footed ants.
There are preventative actions you can take to avoid ant problems in your home. Be sure to properly store and seal up food in your home and clean dishes and counter surfaces after preparing and enjoying a meal. Common elements that attract ants are crumbs on the floor or countertop, food in pet dishes, food debris in cracks in the kitchen and appliances, and food debris in family rooms.
Preventative activities can help prevent or eliminate ants, but winter ants problems often require intervention by a pest control professional to resolve the issue. Our professional pest control technicians can identify the source of your pest control issue and locate and eliminate satellite ant colonies. We will also complete a comprehensive home inspection to identify areas that need to be sealed to eliminate entry points for ants.