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.

Advice for Winter Pest Control

winter pest control As December approaches and snow begins to fall in the Dunkirk, New York area, pests like bees and mosquitoes go into hibernation, making many homeowners think that pest control is not needed during the winter months. Unfortunately, there are many other critters that may be crawling underfoot this season, looking to escape from the chilly weather outdoors. Rodents and spiders are both known to migrate inside as the weather grows cold, making it important to keep your home protected. You don’t want a mouse making an appearance at your annual holiday party!

Firewood Storage

For families that heat their home with a wood burning stove or fireplace, firewood is a necessity in the winter. It also creates a cozy location for critters like mice and ants to make their nests. To prevent these pests from gaining access to your home, we recommend keeping your firewood pile at least 20 feet from the house.

Leaky Pipes

Cockroaches are another common cold-weather pest that can trigger allergies and worsen asthma symptoms. Often found in kitchens and bathrooms, these pests love warm, damp areas and can often be found under appliances and sinks. Perform a thorough check of your home this season, tightening leaky pipes to keep cockroaches from making themselves at home.

Cover your Chimney

As you are decorating the outside of your home this holiday season, take some time to protect it from pests as well. A mesh cover or chimney cap can be installed to keep squirrels and raccoons from making their way indoors. Homeowners should also trim back bushes and trees, preventing these animals from getting access to your roof.

Whether you find a pest in your home or are interested in taking preventative measures to keep them out this winter, contact Comfort Pest Control online or by phone at 716-366-2120 today!