Hello there, this is Quincy with Harpoon Pest Solutions. And this is the Harpoon Pest Solutions Pest Control podcast. Today, I’m going to answer the question, why do I see ants in the winter? That’s a good question. You know, typically we see ants that pop up in the spring, summer, the ants are out in full force, very busy, you know, the trailing looking for food, you can see them trailing up and down. Homes, buildings on the sidewalk, they’re in a grass. Pretty much you see everywhere, you know, you’ll get random ants here and here on t
he countertop bathroom. But why do I see them in a winter? I understand the warm weather. But what happens with the winner? Seems like the ground is frozen. The outside is cold. There shouldn’t be anything moving crawling around. So to answer that question, just a few quick facts. Unlike other animals, ants don’t fall into like a deep slumber. For the winter. They don’t go hibernate. But what happens, what answers that they’re finding a way inside, or they’ll rest way under the ground in the soil, you know, and when I say they find it, we’re inside, what could happen is that some species of ants are able to make above ground nest, and it could be a wall void. Or it could be an appliance or something along those lines that ants can harboring and survive through the winter months indoors. When it comes to the soil, what could happen is that I’ve seen this happen in many neighborhoods where two homes are built on like a concrete slab. There are things that keep that concrete slab warm and heated. And so the soil underneath is warm. And it allows termite I’m not termite, it allows ants to survive, that allows them to thrive and maintain activity through the cold months. So while the ground and the outside might be frozen, and it might be solid, underneath slab underneath that concrete slab or in that foundation, in certain places, it just may be warm. And, you know, if there’s moisture to air and there’s warmth there, and there, it’s the nose, it’s would be able to survive and answer cold blooded. So their bodies react to temperatures when the outside, of course, you know, the temperatures on the outside would cause them to become very sluggish and slow them down. So sometimes when people see ants in like December, January, February, the ants are kind of like sluggish, and it just kind of move and they may only see like one or two here or there but they see it. And then sometimes we get those kind of weird unseasonally warm days in the middle of winter. You know, like you’ll get like a 60 degree day or something like that. And then boom, you know, you got all this crazy activity. We’ve had customers reports it Yeah, you know, the other day when it was the other week when it was warm. You know, we just had all these ants everywhere. And I don’t understand what’s going on because it’s December it’s, January and we got ants everywhere. And that’s why because and sure enough, I remember talking to one customer and that was the situation, the house sitting on a slab and right underneath where her her sink is. And her stove. She always she has an issue with ants all year long, or she had an issue ants all year long. We’ll get to that later. And what happens, they’re able to do this because this is what they were designed to do. They were designed to survive. Most species of ants will consume large amounts of food and a winner so they can put on fat. And they’ll eat as much as they can. And much as food is they can or they can go without food a winner basically. But you see them put on a lot of eat a lot of fats, you know, that’s what they do.
And they feed off those fats, they feed off the carbohydrates and the protein that they stored through the fall and they do that in the winter. And that is why you will see it’s in the winter. This is Quincy with Harpoon Pest Solutions and say goodbye to the last bug.