Although the frigid winter weather typically puts an end to most insect activity, persistent pests can still make it through the season by seeking shelter in your home. Ants, as tiny as they may be, are resilient and crafty. Even as the snow falls outside, they’re looking for ways to invade. Here’s how they survive the cold and what you can do to keep them at bay.
Ants, Winter, & Your Home
Seeking Food, Water, & Warmth
The freezing temperatures of the wintery outdoors are no place for a lowly ant. When the thermometer starts to drop, an ant colony will seek shelter to survive. Unfortunately, this means that the pests may find their way into your home. All species of ants will nest in all types of voids within your house, or the soil under and/or around it. Spaces under floors, the foundation, and darkened back corners of cabinets are perfect hiding places for the pests during winter.
More than just the warmth, however, a home also provides two crucial elements of survival – food and water. Ants will chow down on almost anything, and that means your home is the source of a potential feast. Crumbs, food bits that have fallen between appliances, and even pet food are all tempting morsels for the ants. Water, too, is scarce during the winter. Because of this, ants are drawn to any sources of liquid such as kitchen faucets or bathroom fixtures. If ants find a good source of food and water, it won’t be long before the entire colony sets up shop in your home for the season.
Keeping ants from taking up residence in your home calls for a combination of prevention and quick action. Because the pests are drawn to many different food sources, it’s important to keep your countertops and floors as clean as possible. Similarly, storing food in airtight containers will prevent ants from sniffing out their next snack.
Even with the proper prevention methods, however, it’s still possible for ants to be an issue. Once the pests have become established in your home, it’s very difficult to fully remove them. If you notice any ants searching around your home, it’s best to contact a professional pest-control service as soon as possible. Killing a few ants in your kitchen won’t solve the problem; the only solution is a full-scale sweep by experienced professionals.
If ants are trying to make your home a winter getaway, Target Pest Control in Rochester, NY, is ready to help take care of the problem. With more than 25 years of experience, the knowledgeable technicians will use effective and strategic methods to fully remove infestations such as ants, rodents, bedbugs, and stinging insects so you can rest easy without worrying about pests crawling behind your walls. Visit the website for more information on ant services or call (585) 427-7175 to speak with a friendly representative.