As it starts to warm up in the Spring (or even late winter) ants will start to become more active in their nests. Some will even venture out onto the snow if it’s sunny enough.
After four or five days of above freezing temperatures (+5 c / +41 f) you could start to see ants inside your home.
At the first sign of ants in or around your home you can start to take action:
- Identify the entry points (where they’re coming in)
- Identify the attractants (why they came in)
- Clean up entry points and areas of attractant (using Windex or any strong smelling cleaner)
- Place bait at entry points
Check out this article “How to get rid of ants in your house” for more help.
Remember: There is never just one.
Comment below and let me know the date you see your first ant…
From the article “10 Frightening Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Ants“.
10) Ants are as old as the dinosaurs
…ants first arose in the mid-Cretaceous period — about 110—130 million years ago…
9) Ants have already survived a mass extinction event
The Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event…
8) Ants have conquered almost the entire globe
With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands, just about every piece of land on Earth harbors at least one native ant species…
7) One group of ants conquered six continents
6) The total ant population makes our 7 billion look weak
In their Pulitzer-prize winning book The Ants, researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson estimate that there are upwards of 10,000,000,000,000,000 individual ants alive on Earth at any given time.
5) Some ants are quite large
3) In some regions of the world, ants can account for over a quarter of the animal biomass
4) Ants have a hive mind
2) Ants cooperate with other species
1) Ants practice slavery
Many species of ants are known to raid neighboring colonies and steal eggs or larvae in a practice known as “dulosis”. The forcibly acquired young are then either eaten or put to work.
Check out the complete article here…
Well, if Harrison Ford says it – it must be so. “E.O. Wilson’s fascination with little creatures has led him to some very big ideas.”
The word “ant” means “the biter”.
Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period.
Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.
Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems.
Ants are distinct in their morphology from other insects in having elbowed antennae, metapleural glands, and a strong constriction of their second abdominal segment into a node-like petiole.
More from wiki…
Ants just seem to go away in the late fall and we don’t see them again til spring. So, where do they go? Are they hibernating?
I found the answer to that question at AntWeb.org, thank you Ben Rubin.
… As I am sure you know, ants, like most insects, don’t do very well in the cold. But ants are always around in the spring when the weather warms up, so how are they surviving the winter? In general, the temperature underground is quite a bit higher than the air temperature. Ants take advantage of this by moving deeper underground in the winter. Some ant nests can be over 15 feet (4.57 meters) below ground level. They can also stay warm by grouping close together and sharing body heat.And ants in places where it is too cold to gather food during the winter may store food in their colonies and fill their crops (an extension of the gut used to store food and water) so that they do not starve.
So generally, ants hibernate during the winter, moving deep underground, grouping together, and generally limiting activity to conserve energy. Ants that live in particularly cold climates, like Leptothorax canadensis from Québec, Canada, and New England, USA, produce their own biological antifreeze so that the water in their bodies does not freeze. These ants are sometimes exposed to temperatures below -20° C (-4° F) but are able to survive even long cold winters by combining all of these methods for staying warm.
- Ben Rubin & the AntAsk Team
Wow! These little guys are really amazing and there are sooooo many of them. “Scientists estimate there are 1.5 million ants for every person on Earth.”
Ants outnumber, outweigh and outwork humans, yet we rarely give them a second glance… Here is Mother Nature’s Pop Science Guide to Ants.