December 26, 2018
It’s winter and the weather has cooled down, but your still seeing ants in your Greenville home. What’s the deal? It can be surprising to see ants wandering through the kitchen of your home when you expect them to be dormant. Ants in South Carolina are less likely to go into their dormant phase the way they do in states with colder climates. With our mild temperatures, ants have the potential to remain active throughout the year. If ants have made their way inside your home, the warmth of the house and the easy food access can give them just what they need to stick around. If you’re still seeing ants around your Greenville home, you’re not the only one. Many people are dealing with ants year-round here in South Carolina and we’re here to help.
There are several types of ants you could be dealing with in Greenville, all of which have the potential to remain active year-round with the right conditions. Argentine ants, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants are among the list. Most ants are nuisance pests and come in large numbers, but there are a few, such as the carpenter ant, that can cause severe damage. Odorous house ants are also not fun to have indoors as their smell can be very unpleasant. To identify which ant you may be dealing with, take a look at our pest guide for details about each one. You can also learn more about common ants and the threats they pose on our previous blog, Common South Carolina Ants.
You may be wondering how these ants are getting inside in the first place. Some species will enter when their environment outside becomes too uncomfortable. For example, Argentine ants live in moist areas, such as mulch or around stones. When the area becomes either too wet or dry for them, they will seek shelter inside. Other ants, like odorous house ants, will find their way inside while searching for food. Most ants locate openings around the exterior of your home to gain entrance. It only takes a small crack for them to squeeze through.
To prevent ants from entering, careful inspection around the outside of your home can be helpful. Seal any openings you find. Make sure to check around doors and windows, and along pipes and vents. Inspecting screens and replacing damaged ones can prevent ants as well. If these pests find a way in, they’ll be sure to use it. And when they do get in, it’s likely they’ve found their way to your kitchen and your food storages. If not, you can be sure they will soon. Make sure to store all food in airtight containers or in places that ants can’t get to, like the fridge. This will prevent them from contaminating your food. It will also make your home less appealing as it eliminates the easy access to food supplies. You can learn some more helpful tips in our previous blog, Where Are These Ants Coming From?
If you’re dealing with ants, the best way to eliminate them is through professional control. When ants enter a home, they’ll likely build nests and spread further. Don’t let their population get out of control. Spencer Pest Services offers full inspection and treatment. We will help you eliminate infestations and maintain a pest-free home with our year-round protection programs. Chat with us today to learn more about how Spencer Pest Services can serve you.