Insects that live in colonies thrive mostly during spring and summer. When the cold weather arrives, most of these insects will look for shelter and warmth. However, the number one priority for insects within colonies is to protect their queen. But where do they go?

Q: Where Do Ants Go?

A: Ants will seal off the entrances to their nests and move further underground. Here they will cluster together in an attempt to keep their queen warm with their body heat. Without their queen, the colony wouldn’t last more than a few months. Since they are busy keeping their queen warm, this is why you won’t see an army of them shortly after dropping some crumbs on the floor.

Q: Where Do Bees/Wasps Go?

A: Bees are actually cold-blooded, but will still bundle up inside their hives. It is here where they will flutter their wings for warmth in the center of the hive. Within this cluster is the queen, where she will remain until spring. Unfortunately for wasps, most of them die during the fall. However, some will survive — usually newly-mated queens that will create their own hives next spring. These future queens will find shelter within your home where they’ll go dormant until the weather heats up.

Q: Where Do Termites Go?

A: Termites out in the environment definitely slow down during the wintertime. However, these are the termites you shouldn’t be worrying about. The ones that are inside of homes and businesses keep on moving like the seasons never even changed. Termites (and their queens) are never satisfied, so they will keep consuming the wood in your homes/businesses until the wood (or the colony) is all gone.

You see these insects all too much during the spring and summer, but where do they disappear to during the winter months? If you find any of these insect colonies inside of your home, quickly call for the help of Pest Control Unlimited before it’s too late! We have excellent quarterly programs to keep your home pest free all year long. Contact us for more information or call us at (888) 649-9919 to schedule an appointment.