Do Ants Die in The Cold?

Winter Cold

No, ants don’t die in the cold.

While they may look small and delicate, ants are surprisingly resilient. Some species of ants have a lifespan of 2 years. Others are known to stick around for as long as 15 years. The queen ant lives for anything between 10 and 30 years, all the while producing over 300,000 eggs every few days.

In the warm months, ants work hard. They carry as much food as they can into the colony for the winter months. They also prepare for the cold by eating more, which allows them to store an extra layer of fat below the skin for warmth. As the temperatures drop below 50 Degrees Fahrenheit, an ant’s body adjusts its temperatures downwards, which gives the insect just about enough to live on. This is why ants are highly active in the warm months and markedly sluggish in the cold ones.

In the thick of the winter, ants will hibernate in strategic spots to ward off the cold and make use of any warmth in their hideouts. You will find them deep in the soil, huddled together under rocks or beneath tree bark, where they hide out until the beginning of spring. This may also be the reason why you start to see more ants than usual inside your house once autumn kicks in.