Nothing ruins a good picnic like ants. Unfortunately, when the picnics move indoors come wintertime, so do these unwelcome guests. Perhaps it is this persistence that has helped make ants America’s #1 nuisance pest, according to the National Pest Management Association.
Two things are certain – homeowners have plenty of opportunities to find ants in and around their living spaces, and there are plenty of ant varieties to be found. But ants aren’t just annoying. From food contamination to property damage, ants can also pose a significant health risk to your home and family.
Where are Ants during Winter?
Winter is, of course, a less active time for ants, but just because they’re less obvious doesn’t mean they’re not around. They’re likely just riding out the cold season deep underground, waiting for the warmth of spring. But in the meantime, if they see your home as a potential food source, they’re going to try and find a way in – through small cracks and crevices in the siding, foundation or weather-stripping – and chances are, once they’re in they’re going to bring a lot of their friends along in due time, laying down a pheromone trail that the colony is sure to follow.
Ants are largely attracted to moisture, so in attempting to keep them out during the winter homeowners would do well to pay close attention to the snow and ice building up around the house. Ice dams, for instance, not only threaten to damage walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall, they can also attract moisture-loving ants. To lessen this threat try to keep gutters free of debris, and be on the lookout for leaky spots inside that may indicate you already have one.
While not every incidence of moisture will necessarily lead to an infestation, there’s no sense in waiting until those ants start marching to take action. If you’ve had some unwanted wintertime visitors already, or if you just want the peace of mind of knowing your house is still ant-free, contact Erdye’s Pest Control for a FREE inspection.
We may not be able to keep those ants out of your picnic this summer, but we can definitely help keep them out of your house this winter.