With all of the flooding going on in different parts of the country this past year, you might think that ant populations would be seriously reduced. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Our Ocean County pest control technicians have still been busy dealing with ant infestations in homes. How do ants survive floods? Some species have clever ways of getting through these disasters.
Floating Through Floods
Fire ants build nests in the ground, so their colonies are highly susceptible to being destroyed by floods. Rather than letting floods ruin their hard work, these ants have managed to come up with a creative way to survive and rebuild elsewhere.
Fire ants form what are known as ant rafts. The ants in affected colonies join together to create a raft-like structure that makes it possible for them to float on flood waters instead of succumbing to them. These rafts are water-tight, so the ants don’t have to worry about losing any members of their colony.
If heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions have brought out more ants than usual in your area, you’ll need professional pest control. Keep in mind that these ants might find your home a suitable place to relocate this winter.
If ants invade your NJ home this season, give Allison Pest Control a call. With help from our Ocean County pest control technicians, you can have an ant-free home this winter.
Ants are typically a big problem when it’s warm out, but where do they go when it gets cold? While it’s unlikely that you’ll see ants in your home during winter, it’s still a good idea to know what they’re up to when they get cold. Our Monmouth County pest control experts offer the following information about ants in winter.
Ants that build colonies in the ground have a considerable amount of protection when freezing temperatures hit NJ. These ants usually have tunnels that reach deep into the ground where no freezing occurs. When the temperatures drop, these ants can head to these deeper areas and stay warm enough to survive.
Ants that live inside trees and other wood sources have a harder time avoiding freezing temperatures. However, they’re able to enter a state called diapause. During this state, ants go into a sleep or hibernation-like state where they don’t grow or move around. They’re able to go into this state when it gets too cold and stay dormant until the temperatures start to heat up again. Keep in mind that ants that are nesting inside your home have no problem surviving the winter months.
If you have ants in your home this fall or winter, Allison Pest Control can help. Our Monmouth County pest control technicians can safely get rid of ant infestations in your home.