The answer is yes! Carpenter Ants can survive the cold of the winter. They may remain dormant, but if the temperatures are warm enough they can remain active.
Just like you, carpenter ants are trying to find a warm place to stay during the cold, winter months. If you see Carpenter Ants in your home this time of year it is a good sign that there’s a colony inside the structure.
What do carpenter ants look like?
- Color: black, red or a combination.
- Size: 1/4 in. – 3/4 in. Long
- When carpenter ant has wings, the front wings are longer than the back wings
- Have 6 legs
Signs you have Carpenter Ants in your home, building or office:
- You may notice wood damage/ wood shavings-A rustling sound behind your walls
- Shed wings of carpenter ants.
- If you see large ants inside your house in January or February, you may have trouble. Winter activity typically means you have a nest inside your home.
What to do if you have Carpenter Ants
If you think you have a carpenter ant infestation, give us a call! We’re happy to be your local pest expert!
Fun fact about Carpenter Ants:
Did you know ants perform a valuable recycling service by creating more surface area for organisms that actually digest wood, such as termites, fungi and bacteria.
Learn more about Carpenter Ants here: https://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/carpenter-ants