When we think of hibernation, it’s hard not to picture fuzzy brown bears or bushy little squirrels, but we must remember, insects hibernate too!
Ants will hibernate in the winter until they are able to regulate their body temperatures again, in which case they will become active in search of food and shelter.
So what if your home is their pre-selected destination? Join Econ-O-Bug, a pest control company in Lexington, South Carolina, as we throw you some tips on how to prevent an ant infestation.
Cold-Blooded and Looking for Warmth…
Since ants are cold-blooded, they require warmth in the winter in order to survive. During the summer, ants are content in your yard—building nests and scouring the ground for resources, but as soon as it gets cold, all eyes may be looking at your house…
Come On In
Check all windows for rot to prevent an ant infestation.
Like a rude neighbor, ants won’t knock—they’ll simply let themselves in through window gaps, the under clearance of doors, cracks in foundation, and under your flooring!
As winter temperatures continue to plummet downward, the need for shelter becomes more apparent. Ants choose houses wisely based on warmer temperatures, as well as water and food resources.
So If They’re in My House, Where Are They…?
Since ants cannot fully regulate their body temperatures in the winter season, they tend to lay dormant during this time. This helps them save resources and energy until the weather warms up.
So while ants are laying low, they are often found in un-trafficked areas of your home, including:
• Window frames
• Door frames
• Other undisturbed areas
As the weather begins to warm, ants wake from their dormancy. So in March and April, you will begin to notice ants lazily walking across your kitchen and bathroom floors in search of food and water…let’s prevent that!
Make Your Home Inhospitable
Regular house cleanings prevent ant infestations.
Ants are going to be on the prowl for food when they emerge from their hibernation—let’s take that away from them!
Keep your kitchens clean:
• Wipe down counters in the kitchen to remove food residue and fragrant smells
• Regularly sweep/wash floors to remove fallen food scraps
• Seal all food in airtight containers to prevent ants from accessing it
• Keep dishes out of the sink to prevent ants from congregating in the sink/counters
• Remove Access Points
Ants are somewhat of gymnasts, able to fit themselves into the smallest spaces! That means sneaking into your home is an easily accomplished task.
To prevent these unwanted intruders, Econ-O-Bug recommends sealing your home from both the outside and inside! Follow these easy recommendations:
Install a door sweep on your exterior doors to stop ants from entering
Close all window gaps and replace rotting wood to prevent entrance
Caulk superficial cracks in the foundation
Spray ant repellent along exterior openings of your home
Call a Pest Control Company in Indianapolis, Indiana
Spring is right around the corner, which is peak pest time! To prevent an ant invasion in your house, contact Econ-O-Bug Pest Control today.
As a pest control company in Lexington, Econ-O-Bug knows how hard ants can be to remove after a full infestation—which is why prevention measures should be taken! By placing strategic baits and traps around your home, Econ-O-Bug can stop ants in their tracks—and keep them from coming back!
For more information regarding our services, call (803-998-2297) to learn more!