If you’ve ever seen Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, you know how busy ants are this time of year. If colonies want to survive the cold of winter, they have to get creative. Ants start their winter prep early by stockpiling large quantities of food to last them until the snow melts. Because the ant motto is “there’s no such thing as too much preparation” (really, it is!), however, colonies never stop looking for food. Every ant colonies’ dream is to find a reliable, replenishing source of food. Then, ants could wait out the winter in the lap of luxury without having to worry about whether they have enough to eat. Unfortunately, you could be the food paradise these pests are looking for. Ant colonies will stop at nothing to try to get at your food this fall. Here are Plunkett’s best tips on how to make sure that doesn’t happen.