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Warm winter brings out the carpenter ants.

Enjoying the warm winter? Watch out for carpenter ants

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Saturday, February 20, 2016, 10:46 AM - Living in a part of Canada that's been enjoying spring-like weather in January or February? You may want to check for unwanted visitors.

Carpenter ants can be a nuisance as they munch on your home, but most winters, homeowners can get a reprieve of a few months. But this winter, which has seen well-above zero temperatures for Ontario, the Maritimes and other regions, the ants are a bit confused.

"Essentially, these ants think that spring is on its way, and they've come out of their state of dormancy a lot earlier than they would have," Paolo Bossio, president of Toronto-based Advantage Pest Control, told reporter Jeff Harrington.

Bossio says his business is up 40 per cent this season, and warns home owners to address home issues that make for good eating for carpenter ants -- like leaky windows, condensation, poor air movement, and others.

You can also head them off at the pass by keeping trees near your property pruned.

Watch the full report from The Weather Network's Jeff Harrington above.

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