California’s Drought drives ants inside more homes seeking water
California’s Drought is driving ants inside more homes this year than ever
If you think you’ve seen more ants in your kitchen than usual this summer, you may not be imagining things.
One of the lesser consequences of the drought is ants invading our homes.
Argentine ants are very common in Southern California, and they don’t like weather that is too wet, which is why we often see them in our homes during the rainy season. However, it turns out they don’t like weather that is too dry either.
“During this drought, it’s going to become dryer and dryer, which in a sense will help control the Argentine ants, but at the same time they have to go somewhere,” explained Dr. Brian Fisher, curator of entomology at the California Academy of Sciences.
“They’re looking for a proper nesting spot that’s humid and has access to water, so they’ll be coming inside the house,” he said.
The interior of our homes provides great nesting spots for ants seeking not only humid or wet climates but also an escape from the heat.
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