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Ant Activity In Winter In The Keystone State

February 19, 2016

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If you've ever watched a line of little black ants traveling across rock and hill in the summertime, you may be inclined to agree that these tiny creatures are amazing. The way they can carry objects many times their size, the way they find their way around barriers that are placed in their path, the way nothing seems to stop them, well, you get the idea. These amazing little creatures are fun to watch. But, if you're seeing a line of ants doing these things on your kitchen floor this winter, you are not likely to be quite so amazed. In fact, you might have some less than positive feelings regarding the matter.

Wait a minute. Aren't ants supposed to hibernate in the wintertime? Well, yes, and no. While this is true of ants in nature, ants that have built their nests near a warm structure such as your home can remain active all winter long. And here in Pennsylvania the three most common species of ants you may see in your home this winter are: carpenter ants, the odorous house ant, and the pavement ant.

Carpenter Ants:

These large, red or black ants are the largest of these ants, at approximately ⅝ of an inch in length. Contrary to popular belief, they do not eat wood the way termites do, but they do cause wood damage. They burrow into damp wood in order to make nests, leaving little piles of sawdust behind. A carpenter ant colony can contain as many as 2,000 workers, and they perform most of their burrowing late at night. Of all ants active in winter in Pennsylvania, this ant is the most troublesome because of the damage they cause to wooden structures.

Odorous House Ants:

These small, dark brown to black ants are approximately 1/18 of an inch long. They pose no threat to the structure of your home, but they do emit a rotten coconut odor if they are crushed or threatened, which is why they are also referred to as stink ants or coconut ants. If you have these ants in your home, they can contaminate food left out on counters or tables making them the second most troublesome ants in Pennsylvania homes during the winter.

Pavement Ants:

These are small, reddish brown to black ants that are approximately ⅙ of an inch long. Typically these ants only nest in the crevices and cracks of pavement, thus the name, but sometimes they can be found infesting homes with concrete slabs for a foundation. Although these tiny creatures are no risk to people or structures, they can be a pain in the neck. They will invade homes in winter in search of food, and because they are so tiny, they can gain access to dwellings through the smallest of cracks. But of all the ants you can have in your home this winter, these are the ones that will do the least amount of damage.

What if you don't want ants in your home in winter--or any other time of the year?

While there are many steps you can take to try to keep ants and other household pests out of your home, if they've already invaded, the best course of action is to contact a professional pest control company. Here at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If ants are plaguing your Pennsylvania home this winter, choose Moyer. What do you have to lose, except unwanted ants?



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