There are some people that think pest control is not needed throughout the whole year because pests will come and go. These people are not aware that many of the pests will last all year round when they make it into your home. The best way to deal with pests is to make sure that your home is treated professionally like A Five Star Termite & Pest Control. We know what pests are a problem and what time and season they tend to be the worst. One thing that you should know is that there are lots of pests that can last all year round and they can be a problem when they continue to invade your home. Ants are a pest that you may think come and go but they don’t. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control outlines what you need to know about ants.
Do Ants Die in Cold Winter Weather?
Most people will see many pests in the summer that are common. You will see bees, wasps, cockroaches and of course ants. Ants are a pest that seems to be synonymous with the summer and the hot months. They may of course find the summer more habitable but they won’t leave when the summer is over. They are around when they can find food to eat and they are able to live underground in the dirt through an elaborate tunnel system. The ants are usually hidden but will come out and find a home that has food to eat even if it is in the colder months of the winter. There are many types of ants that you may find causing trouble throughout the year. Ants don’t die in cold weather, they hibernate. If they are living in your home, they likely will not even slow down during winter due to the warm indoor temperatures.
How to Get Rid of Acrobat Ants
One of the ants that you may continue to see around your house and yard no matter the weather are called acrobat ants. The name of these ants was given because they are able to do some pretty great maneuvers. They can take their abdomen part of the body and lift it so that it is over their head. The amazing acrobatic feat is why they got the name. They are found in many colors from a lighter brown to black. They are quite small and tend to feed on things that are sweet and sugary.
Where Do Carpenter Ants Live?
Another type of ant you may end up dealing with is called a carpenter ant. They are troublesome because of the damage they cause to a home. They use their large mandibles to chew through the wood beams in your house. They don’t eat the wood but they do chew through to make tunnels that they will live in. They are large ants with large mandibles and tend to be shiny and black. As carpenter ants prefer to nest in moist wood or structures already damaged by other insects, most carpenter ant nests are found in decaying wood in areas such as windows, door frames, chimneys, sinks or bath traps as well as hollow spaces such as wall voids.
Odorous House Ant Infestation
There is an ant that invades homes that won’t cause trouble from the damage but they can cause an odor in the house. The odor comes from the ants called an odorous ant when it has been smashed. This is a way that they can defend themselves with the bad odor that will drive away many predators. They also like to eat sweet foods as well as any protein or things that are greasy.