There is no doubt that ants can survive the winters in Hendersonville. While they do disappear for a short time when temperatures drop, they return every spring when things warm back up. Yet, we get this question: "Can ants survive the winter?" The real question being asked is "Why am I seeing ants in my home during the winter?" Perhaps you're wondering about this. You expect ants to disappear until spring, so when they start showing up in your pantry, it can make you scratch your head. Are the ants in your home some special kind of ants that can survive winter days and keep getting into Hendersonville homes? Not quite. Here's why you're seeing those ants.
Ants don't hibernate, per say. They go into a state called diapause. This is a low-energy state that allows them to live without eating for several months. They enter this state when conditions outside are unfavorable. One condition that can drive ants into diapause is cold. Ants will retreat to their nests underground and seal themselves in. During a mild winter, they may stay active in their ground nests because it takes longer for ground temperatures to fluctuate. If it gets too cold, the ants will slow down and eventually stop moving altogether—almost as if they're dead. But they're not. When it warms back up, they come back to life, so to speak. This is important to understand because ants that create interior nests may not have any need to go into diapause. The temperatures inside your home can be warm enough to allow ants to stay active all year long.
What It Means When You See Winter Ants In Hendersonville
There are only a few ant species that create interior nests. Of these species, almost all of them will create their nests in voids. These are the cavities between your wall studs and other framework inside your home. But there is one type of ant that tunnels inside wood. These ants are called carpenter ants. If you have a carpenter ant species inside your home, you should invest in treatments to eliminate them. While they're not going to damage your home overnight, or over the winter, they can do quite a bit of damage over the course of several years. It is best to stop them in their tracks now when you start seeing them.
How To Deal With Winter Ants In Hendersonville
At the first sign of winter ant issues, contact All-American Pest Control. Our licensed service professionals use Integrated Pest Management, green pest control, and a limited and focused application of EPA-approved products to resolve ant infestations inside Hendersonville homes. We get your home back to being ant-free.
Once your home is free of ants, you can keep it that way by investing in Perimeter Plus Pest Control. This year-round pest control service keeps over 47 common Tennessee pests from getting into your home in winter, spring, summer, and fall. There is no better way to get control of ants in Hendersonville.
If you have questions about how Perimeter Plus Pest Control works, or you're curious how much it will cost to get rid of the ants in your home, reach out to us. In most cases, we can provide a quote over the phone. If this isn't enough, we can schedule a Free Home Evaluation and send a licensed service professional to your home to check things out. With over 60 years of experience helping Tennessee residents get control of pests, you can count on the team at All-American Pest Control.