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When Ants Attack: House Ant Invasions in California

Ants Control in CaliforniaAre you seeing more ants in your kitchen than before? That might not be a figment of your imagination. California experienced different weather conditions in recent years and that could be the reason these critters are on their way to your house.

Companies like say that if there’s an infestation in your household, it might be a good time to ask for professional help. Pest infestations can be detrimental not only to your home, but to your health as well. Ants can trigger asthma as well as allergies.

Facts About Argentine Ants

The first report about Argentine ants in California was in the early 1990’s. Argentine ants have long, dark brown bodies and are about 3 mm. They nest in soil – usually in pots – and their depths may vary depending on the weather. In warmer months, it is 3 cm deep, but during winter, it goes deeper at around 15 cm. Though their nests are near sources of food and water, most of the time, these are outside.

Weather-Induced Ant Invasions

One study talked about how the weather is a major factor when it comes to ant invasions. Pesticides have little to do with it.

Argentine ants invade homes during rainstorms in the winter and droughts in the summer. They do this to escape extreme weather conditions, so they end up in your kitchen in search of food and shelter. During the rainy season, especially during the first rainfall, they come in a huge wave.

Preventing Infestations

You can’t really prevent ant infestations because they come and go depending on the weather. Argentine ants are not a single-queen species, making it difficult to kill them one go because they have several queens in the colony.

But, if you don’t want them to invade in large colonies, keep your house as clean as possible. Food and water attract ants, so be mindful. Also, don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.

Before these ants completely infest your house and become bothersome, act fast and ask for professional help.