One of the first signs of the change in season as winter ends is the sight of ants that invade in Spring. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Spring starts, but the presence of ants marching indoors proves the fact: Spring is here! Ants are generally harmless creatures that are out to get a good feed now that winter is over. The food they love is anything and everything that is sweet: ants have a gigantic sweet-tooth and aren’t afraid to explore the innards of your kitchen to find it!
Why Do Ants Invade in Spring
Why is it that ants invade in Spring and not any other season of the year? It’s simple: Ants are outdoor creatures and nature provides them with all the sweet food they need: Honeysuckle. However, if they happen to chance upon easy availability of sugary food in your home, they’ll march in, take it and head back outdoors to relish it. Also, as winter ends, the hot sun and the Spring rains tend to send ants scuttling indoors for protection from the elements.
Type of Ants That Invade in Spring
There are different types of ants that invade in Spring, with the most common ones being Odorous House ants, Carpenter ants, Rover ants, Pavement Ants and Ghost Ants.
Odorous House Ants
Among the most common species of ants that invade in Spring are Odorous House ants. These are generally small and either dark brown or black in color. Odorous House ants are so-named because of the odor they release when they’re crushed – imagine the smell of rotten coconuts and you’ve nailed it! These ants have a huge sweet tooth and will hunt aggressively for anything sweet in your home. They’ll also move into your home if they’re looking for a nice, cozy place to stay away from the rains in Spring.
Pavements ants are foragers who not only love sugary foods but also meat and other types of oily foods. These ants are quite violent, which is why their colonies are found fighting to the death in the battle for food. If you haven’t found a way to ant-proof your house, you’re likely to find them in the basement: those alive as well as the scores of dead ants!
Ghost ants are also among the common species of ants that invade in Spring. They’re known as ghost ants because they’re very hard to spot due to their extremely pale abdomen and legs, with the head being dark. Ghost Ants are usually found towards the center and south of Florida. Ghost ants love sweet foods and aren’t afraid to drag off crumbs right off your kitchen counters!
The worst type of ants that invade in Spring are Carpenter Ants. These ants are quite huge compared to their contemporaries and rarely venture into houses. If they’re in your house, you have cause to be very worried. This is because Carpenter Ants tend to sense decaying wood and then move in to feast, thus damaging the wood further and weakening the structure of the house.
Rover ants are extremely tiny ants and are so small that they might appear imaginary to the human eye! Rover ants come in an array of colors ranging from pale blonde to dark brown. These ants tend to move in large colonies and if they’re in your home, they’re probably sampling the honey or the sugar.
How to Ant-Proof Your Home
Even if you’re a nature lover, you might not want to see your home or your kitchen being invaded by ants. There are some simple tasks you can do to prevent ants from getting in. Keeping food away after eating, ensuring there are no crumbs left on the counters, removing potted plants and keeping the kitchen floor clean: these are a few small ways to keep ants from sensing the goodies in your home. If you have pets, you might want to clean out their bowls after they’re done eating.
Once the ants have already come in, stronger measures may be required to get them out. A humane way is to spread powder such as corn starch around the entrances used by the ants. These powders tend to get stuck in their fine hair, which makes them very uncomfortable and makes them leave faster in search of pastures new. Other measures involve the use of poison bait or insect sprays.