Discribe about ants hibernate and why do their.
Why do ants hibernate in winter?
You may have heard that they do; but you must surely be thinking why they do so, especially after the whole extent of the cold season has passed. Ultimately, ants do not exactly hibernate in winter. But they do enter into a deep state of dormancy in their underground colonies when the temperature suddenly drops a few degrees lower. When this happens, the food supply, which had just been provided to the ants is cut off.
What does this mean to us?
Well, if you are an exterminator, then it means that your ants hibernate in winter because of the threat of possible attack from hostile insects such as wasps and hornets. In most cases, when the warm weather comes back, these formidable enemies will not hesitate to make an effort to destroy whatever colony you have. So in order to survive the danger.
How does an ant hibernate and what are the signs of a possible diapause in an ant colony?
There are several factors that will determine whether or not the ants in your area are hibernating. One factor is whether or not they have a source of food to sustain them during the long winter season. This food source is usually a source of water. Although ants can survive for several months without food, they are better off having water available to them. They can even use hatching pools, a structure with multiple holes on its roof where water can drip down.
Another factor that can determine whether or not your colony of ants hibernates is the weather. When the temperatures drop below freezing for extended periods of time, carpenter ants tend to hibernate. As carpenter ants are a species of fungus eaters, they will starve themselves if there is no water available to them. If you find that your carpenter ants are hibernating, you can check out your local library or science center for books on fungus-eating insects.
In addition to whether or not your ants are hibernating, it can also be determined if they are entering a diapause state. A diapause state is simply a natural phase in an ant colony goes through when they go into a state of quiet and self-rule. The last sign of this natural state is a colony going into a self-destructive behavior called molting. When the moths come out of their burrows, they will exude a liquid called diapause, which is essentially the syrup of the worker ants. These behaviors can sometimes indicate that the carpenter ants in your area have entered a state of diapause.
If your colony is entering a state of diapause, the best approach to use is the pest-control liquid diatomaceous. This is actually a form of fertilizer that you can apply to your ground on a monthly basis to help feed your colony of worker ants. It can also be sprayed onto the foundation of the home to kill any stray ants that have managed to get into your structure. The downside of using this method of pest control is that it can be quite messy. It can also make your foundation soil damp and can eventually lead to the building of ants in and around the soil.
The final option for carpenter ants in the state of diapause is when the workers of the carpenter ants colony begin to freeze. This happens for several reasons including the fact that when winter hits, the temperature outside is significantly colder than the inside of your home. It can also be caused by the worker ants passing their winter hibernation through the summer months. Whatever the reason, it is always best to prevent the carpenter ants from coming back to your property by using the proper DIY methods in the prevention of their coming back. There are several ways to do this such as the baiting system which involves using sawdust or wood shavings as bait and covering them with mulch, a substrate such as pine bark or pine straw, or even just sealing up any holes in your home.
Once the ants have come out of their winter hibernation state and are entering into their active stage, the active phase of the colony, you will need to be more vigilant in the treatment of the ants. Continue to check around your foundation for any possible entrances for the ants. Seal up any cracks and crevices that may allow moisture to penetrate the walls of your home. And if the ants have made a nest near your plants, cut off any foliage that could provide shelter for the colony.