Ants are one of the worlds most common pests. They can be found all over the globe and cause trouble every place they go. However, what do they do during the winter? Do they leave us alone and burrow deeper underground or do they become even more aggressive as they try and use our homes for shelter? Here’s how ant colonies behave when the weather cools down.
Some Ant Biology
Ants are cold-blooded creatures, which means that they cannot regulate their own body temperature and require external heat sources to do it for them. Ants need to maintain a body temperature between 75 and 90 degrees fahrenheit, which isn’t a problem for them during most of the years, but can get difficult when the summer wanes.
Ant Behavior in Winter
There are a number of different ways that ants deal with the cold. Some ants moves under rocks, warming themselves on the heat they retain from the sun, others move underground, and some even nest under dead leaves which release heat as they decompose. Ants are generally more sluggish in the winter, meaning it’s less likely that you’ll find them scurrying across your floors or countertops; however, that doesn't mean they’re not in your house. Many ants move into the walls of your home in the winter, warming themselves on its tiles and wall beams while they wait out the colder months. Then, once the world begins to thaw, they’re back in action, looking for food and places to reproduce. Often times, if they come out of hibernation right next to your house, they’ll decide that they might as well stay and come inside, meaning that even though you don’t see as many ants in winter, they are still a big problem.
Pest Control for the Whole Year
Luckily, there are many ways to keep ants away from your house in every season. First, make sure you seal all openings around your house, such as in door and window frames, in pipe holes and around your houses foundations. Next, make your house as clean as possible so that there are no food crumbs lying around, and finally, keep your yard clutter free so that any ants near your house will have fewer places to hide.
Ants destroy homes, contaminate food and spread diseases, and unfortunately winter does little to resist the destructive habits of these pests. However, with just a few quick steps, you can have a pest free home, hot or cold. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Gibson today.