Winter ant problems may be a sign that you have an ant colony living in your walls. Ants do not usually build their colony inside your home. The main ant colony is usually located outside in the ground in your yard.
Foraging ants will enter your home, especially in the warm months, seeking food. Ant colonies become less active as cold weather arrives and ants will go into a hibernation mode. However, a satellite colony inside your home, often near the kitchen or bathroom, can remain active during the cold winter months. These ants will continue to search for food in your kitchen or other parts of your home throughout the winter as long as your home remain warm. A satellite ant colony may also go into hibernation until things warm up if that part of your home gets cold.
Though ants primary focus may be on food from your kitchen, ants can also cause significant damage to wood, drywall and other areas of the structure.
The best way to prevent ant problems is by preventing what is attracting them. Seal up food, clean dishes, counter surfaces and tables after eating. Avoid leaving a sink full of dishes over night or for any extended period.
- Do not leave pet food out except during mealtimes.
- Seal flour, cereal and other pantry products in plastic bags or containers.
- Store fruit in the refrigerator or in sealed bags or containers.
- Vacuum and clean floors regularly.
- Wipe down counters or areas where you are seeing ant trails with cleaning products that contain bleach or ammonia to eliminate those ant highways.
Cleaning can help prevent or eliminate ants, but winter ant problems can be difficult to eliminate. Contact us so we can help identify the source of the problem. We can then locate and eliminate indoor satellite ant colonies.