Carpenter Ants During Winter
Posted on January 19, 2017
Don’t think that just because it is freezing outside means that your home is safe from carpenter ants. Ants come back every year. That means they know how to hide from the winter weather. One of the places they hide is inside your house. They could already be there. What you should know about carpenter ants.
- Carpenter ants only hibernate if they have to. What happens is their body temperature drops and they get more sluggish. When this begins to happen they will seal up their colonies, which is usually underneath the frost line, and wait till the temperature rises again. Before winter, most ant species eat a large amount of food to put on fat. This allows them to go without food all winter.
- Carpenter ants can stay active all winter long. There are two things required for active ants: A warm colony, and a food source. If you have active ants in your home, it is because they have found a way to get food. If they have a food source, they don’t have to conserve their energy and move around sluggishly, or stop altogether. A well-fed ant is an active and happy ant. Your job should be to keep ants from finding food in your house during winter.
- Carpenter ants can damage the wood of your home. If you have active carpenter ants, they can continue to damage your home all winter long. This can create structural problems and hard-to-get-at home repairs.
- Carpenter ants leave signs. If you don’t actually see a line of carpenter ants going to a pet food dish, a rotting piece of fruit, or some other food source, you’ll have to look for the signs. If you have these ants in your home, there is a good chance you’ll find exit holes and saw dust laying on a floor somewhere. Take a flashlight and search the nooks and cracks of your basement and attic. You can also detect carpenter ants by looking for a faint rustling inside your walls.
With proper maintenance and help from A1 Exterminators, you can keep carpenter ants from channeling through the wood of your home all year round. Get a pest prevention plan today.