We are excited to finally enjoy the change in weather to positive temperatures over the past few days. With it only being mid-February, this means Spring is well on it’s way! However, you may want to be weary of some unwanted visitors who may also be excited for warm weather too – carpenter ants!
During cold winter months, carpenter ants are usually dormant. Their body temperatures can fluctuate to match their environment. So when temperatures drop, they cannot maintain a high enough body temperature on their own to function, and go into hibernation. But as temperatures rise, we may see an influx of these pests – as they will think Spring has arrived early. Carpenter Ants can sometimes live through winter months if they have enough of a heat source to survive. However, Spring is usually their peak season for rapid infestation!
Homeowners can take proactive measures to help ensure their home is not a feeding ground for carpenter ants. Taking the time to address any issues in your home such as leaky windows, condensation, poor air movement or towering trees on your property will help. Carpenter ants see any of these problems as an optimal area to forage for food and live.
Keep on the lookout for carpenter ants, especially as temperatures continue to rise. Generally, black ants in your home at this time of year means there’s a good chance they are carpenter ants. If you see signs of wood damage, wood shavings or parts of dead ants – call Advantage Pest Control today! Let’s make your home ant-free!
– Paolo Bossio