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Why do the ants invade my kitchen in the fall?

800px-fire_ants_01Ants are annoying no matter the time of year. For many homeowners, however, it may appear that ants invade their home more during the fall than any other season. With the changing of the leaves and cooler temperatures, why do more ants find their way into your kitchen? Read on to learn about a few reasons.

Cooler Temperatures

Cooler temperatures bring ants into your kitchen. Many species, such as fire ants, continue to gather food until temperatures fall below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, they look for a warm place to spend the winter, and your kitchen is likely to fit the bill nicely. By building a nest in your kitchen, they can find food all winter long without having to carry it very far.

Fallen Leaves

To get into your home, ants need to have an access point. During the fall, there are typically more leaves resting against the side of your house. This gives ants the cover they need to seek out an entrance to your home either through cracks in the foundation or holes in your window screens. Once they are inside, ants are naturally drawn to food in your kitchen or other areas of the house where food is located.

Lower Amounts of Food

While food for ants is plentiful during the spring and summer, it becomes harder to find in the fall. Since this season is the last chance that ants have to store food for the winter, they typically make one last push to gather as much food as possible. Without much food to be found outside, ants turn to their next best source of food: your kitchen. Any small piece of food dropped in the kitchen can attract ants from all over your yard. Even if it's just a crumb, they are naturally drawn to it. That's why it's so important for you to keep your kitchen clean and all food put away no matter the time of year.

Professional Help

If you’d like to control ants before they become a problem, contact Clegg’s Pest Control. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.

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