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How to Combat Ants & Spiders in Winter

Ants crawling on a pipe in the winter snow
Ants in The Snow

Are you wondering how to combat insects indoors - like ants and spiders - in the winter time?

While it’s true that ants go dormant in the winter, that doesn’t mean you won’t see them at all or that they’re not there. During warm spells they may make themselves known - especially if they find a great source of food or shelter. 

The same is true for spiders. If you notice spiders in your home in the winter, it’s likely they have been there all along and are just looking to keep warm. Of course their food sources are scarce this time of year so they account for it by bulking up and eating extra in the months leading up.

If you notice ants this time of year, it’s likely they have a well established colony somewhere in your home. You can limit their activity by:

  1. Cleaning up all sources of food like sticky spills and crumbs

  2. Replacing rotting wood

  3. Sealing up cracks and crevices

  4. Laying down ant traps from the hardware store

If you are noticing more spiders in the winter, you’re not alone. Although it’s common, you can limit their presence by:

  1. Frequently dusting and vacuuming corners, door frames and window sills

  2. Frequently cleaning behind things like furniture, boxes and appliances

  3. Eliminating clutter

If it’s feeling like you have tried everything or cannot get on top of the issue, call a licensed exterminator (hey! We know a guy…). We recommend only treating for ants and spiders if they are visible and moving around your home as the insecticide will be most effective this way. We are relying on them to actively track it back to their colony or nest.

At Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control, we handle more than just 4-legged critters! We are licensed, insured and equipped to handle insect issues within your home or business. We service Southern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Tillsonburg and surrounding areas.

Phone: (519) 421-2677

Text: (289) 987-0390


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