Why Insects Fear Winter’s Arrival

In the summer, ants always come marching into your home. Your summer picnics probably had several unwanted guests in attendance, wings and all. Insects thrive in the summer weather with plenty of food, sunlight, warmth, and water to support them. However, winter provides cold temperatures and harsh weather, leaving insects desperate for an escape plan from the great outdoors.

Hibernate
Many insects in the colder portions of the United States avoid winter all together by hibernating. These insects choose to go dormant in the winter. Most become either freeze-susceptible or freeze-tolerant. If they are freeze-susceptible, they are able to use antifreeze compounds within their body to supercool their body fluids above freezing point. Insects that are freeze-tolerant do not freeze but the fluid around their living cells does. When insects hibernate, they often slow down their metabolism to conserve all of their energy into a deep sleep. When temperatures warm again, they will wake.

Migrate
Some insects choose to migrate in the winter months. Many people that live55410367 - pink butterfly in the northern part of the country choose to go to Florida in the winter months and bugs are no different. Insects leave their homes when cooler temperatures kick in, seeking warmer temperatures before the first snowfall. Monarch butterflies are known specifically for their migration habits. The entire colony migrates and lives the remainder of their lives in a warmer climate, although they do not live very long. Insects often migrate to warmer climates and different bugs, born to the previous insects during the winter, return in their place in the spring.

Invade

Many insects choose to stay in their designated environments all year round, must to humans disgust. Since the insects can’t stay outside and survive in the winter, they choose to come inside and make themselves at home in our homes. Many insects including ladybugs, cluster flies, and spiders will force themselves inside as temperatures cool. They seek shelter and warmth within walls, attics, basements, and living rooms. Many of us find ourselves killing bugs frequently in the winter as well, and this is because those bugs have settled in the corners of our homes.

If you start to discover that many insects chose the “invade” option, contact Comfort Pest Control and we will help you kick them out.

The Bedbug Traveler

bedbugTraveler is a word used for something that moves around a lot. Unfortunately, the particular traveler we are talking about is not a wanted guest.

With multiple ways to move from one place to another, the bedbug has become a traveler both across the United States and worldwide. This insect’s ability to squeeze into so many small seams and gaps makes it almost impossible to know one has hitched a ride with you. And the worst part about this traveler is that it is hardly even noticed until several weeks after you have returned from your trip.

Bedbugs love dark places until it is time to feed and can be found hiding in a bed, couch, chair, bus terminal seat, movie theater seat or any other location that someone can be expected to sit for an extended period of time.

The bedbug can sense the air a person blows out of their mouth or nose and follows this flow of carbon dioxide to their next meal. No, you can’t hold your breath and hope they will go away. These are persistent insects that will not leave even if you aren’t home for a few days or weeks. They will just wait for your return.

The only solution to a bedbug problem is to get to the source and start suppressing the bugs’ ability to feed. Closely follow a prep sheet on resolving the issue and contact Comfort Pest Control at 716-366-2120 and they will set up a plan that will solve the problem.

As they always say: Sweet dreams and don’t let the bedbugs bite!