Why do Ants Invade in the Spring?
You know spring is near in the Portland metro area when you spot ants marching across your kitchen floor. But what is it about spring that causes ants to invade homes?
In the winter, ants enter a dormancy period in which their colony becomes less active. Then, once spring arrives and the temperatures rise, ants will emerge. Their first instinct is to forage for food and shelter and what easily provides this? Our homes, of course!
In this blog post, we’ll share the common types of ants in the Pacific Northwest and how you can help stop an ant invasion this spring.
Common Ant Species in Portland OR
Although there are thousands of ant species in the world, if you see ants in your Portland area home, chances are they’re the following:
- Carpenter ants
- Pavement ants
- Odorous house ants
- Moisture ants
If you suspect you have these unwelcome guests in your home, you’ll want to contact a pest control company to eliminate the problem. Ants are not only a nuisance, but they can also contaminate food.
Carpenter ants are especially dangerous because of their wood-destroying behaviors. Unlike termites that eat wood, carpenter ants will excavate wood and use it for nesting, weakening any beams or other wood structures in your home.
How to Prevent Ants in Spring
Most ants are attracted to moisture, protein, and sweets. So to help prevent ants perform the following:
- Maintain a clean home
- Put pet food away
- Repair water leaks
- Empty trash can often
- Store food in airtight containers
- Seal cracks and openings
- Install weatherstripping around exterior doors
- Eliminate sources of standing water (downspouts, tires, birdbaths, etc.)
Need Expert Ant Control?
Ants in your home can be a nuisance. They’re also hard to eliminate. To eliminate and prevent future ant problems, the main nest and any satellite nests need to be removed.
If you’re dealing with ants this spring, turn to the professionals at Antworks. We’re ant experts after all! Our licensed and knowledgeable team are local leaders when it comes to ant control. We’ll inspect your home, determine how these pests invaded your home and recommend a treatment moving forward. To schedule your ant inspection, give us a call today!