Little black ants can find their way into your home all year long. They are a forager insect. They will travel in search of food and water. If they find an easy source of food, they will continue to return to that location in search of food. Little black ants, like many other ants, live in colonies and will begin to establish a colony in your home, if they find easy access to food. There are over 700 species of ants in The United States. One of the most common species of ants to find in your home is the carpenter ant. These ants are usually red, black or both. They are 5/8” long and are common throughout the US. They get their name because the excavate wood to build their colony homes.
It does not always get cold in Franklin, TN so ants are still out foraging for food all year. They send out worker ants to find a food source. Once they have an established source of food they will continue to return to the source and eventually set up a colony nearby. Ants also need a water source to survive. Carpenter ants in particular find it easiest to eat through moist wood and build their colonies. There are two types of colonies to set up a parent colony and a satellite colony. The parent colony has workers, broods and an egg laying queen. While a satellite colony contains workers, mature larva and pupa. These satellite colonies can continue to thrive throughout the winter months.
Pest proofing your home is an essential task year-round. Pests are always in search of a shelter with easy access to food and water. The best place to start pest proofing is on the exterior of your home. Make sure that all cracks and gaps are sealed up tight to keep pests out. Next you will want to work on the interior of your home. First, you want to make sure that all food sources are sealed tight to keep pests out. Second, you want to remove moisture from you home and repair any leaky pipes or drains. This will help make you home look unattractive to pests.
If you find that you already have a pest infestation in your home, it is best to call a professional pest exterminator to help you set up a plan to eliminate pests for good.