Winter Ants

About Winter Ants

The winter ant is a common North American ant found across the United States. This prominent woodland species, often known as the false honey ant, is most active during the cooler months when most other ant species are less inclined to forage. This is one of the few native ant species that can tolerate invading species competition. This species does so by feeding while many invasive species are dormant, as well as being hostile against other ants, and secreting abdominal secretions.


The major ant colony is generally found outside in your yard, in the earth. Foraging ants will invade your home in search of food, especially during the summer months. As the temperature becomes colder, ant colonies become less active, and the ants fall into hibernation mode. During the chilly winter months, however, a satellite colony within your home, usually near the kitchen or bathroom, might stay active.

Overwintering, or waiting out the winter season, is a skill that ants have mastered. When the weather becomes chilly, ants' body temperatures plummet and their motions become sluggish. Ants respond by seeking for warm environments, such as deep dirt, behind boulders, or beneath tree bark.


Winter ant troubles might indicate the presence of an ant colony within your walls. Ants seldom establish a colony inside your house. As long as the walls stay warm, these ants will continue to seek food in our kitchen or other sections of your home throughout the winter. If that portion of your house gets chilly, a satellite ant colony may go into hibernation until things warm up.


Cleaning can help prevent or remove ants, but ant infestations in the winter can be tough to solve. To get rid of ant highways, use cleaning solutions that include bleach or ammonia to wipe down surfaces or locations where you observe ant trails. A skilled exterminator or pest management expert may assist in identifying the source of the problem, as well as locating and eradicating indoor satellite ant colonies. A pest control specialist can also assist seal and safeguard your house from further pest issues, as well as cover up any energy-wasting gaps.

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