STAGE 1: As it starts to warm up in the Spring (or even late winter), a few ants will start to become active inside the nest. You may even see one or two ants walking on the snow if it’s sunny enough.
STAGE 2: After four or five days of temperatures above freezing (+5 c / +41 f), more ants become active. You may start to see ants inside your home.
STAGE 3: The Queen will become active after two weeks of warmer weather. Once the Queen starts moving the whole nest wakes up and it’s game on!
STAGE 4: Flying ants [more info on why ants fly here]!
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.
Check out this article “The Ants Life Cyle” for more information.
Remember: There is never just one.
Comment below and let me know the date you see your first ant.