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Can Bugs Survive the Winter?

Can Bugs Survive the Winter?

Can Bugs Survive the Winter?

Posted December 21, 2020

Ever wondered how there can be no sign of bugs during the winter, but then spring hits and you suddenly have all of these pest problems? Perhaps you’ve thought that because you don’t see them, the bugs must be gone! If only that were the case. 

There’s a reason the same types of bugs appear year after year, and that’s because they never actually left (at least not all of the way). So can bugs really survive the winter? Yes, and we will show you how by highlighting the wintery habits of these five pests.

1. Boxelder Bugs

During the spring and summer, boxelder bugs like to feed on boxelder trees, as well as maple, ash, and some fruit trees. In the fall, you may find these pests sunbathing on the side of your home. As the weather cools, adult boxelder bugs will continue their search for warmth by finding shelter for the winter. They can fly as far as 2 miles to find this shelter, and often choose to move into homes. Boxelder bugs can get into homes through cracks and crevices and overwinter there. If things start to heat up before winter is through, you may see these bugs start to appear prematurely. 

2. Mosquitoes

You may have heard that mosquitoes die off in the winter. While that is true for many mosquitoes, there are some that will overwinter. These mosquitoes, often referred to as snow mosquitoes, will take shelter in hollow logs, burrows, overhanging banks, or abandoned buildings and cellars. The mosquitoes that do die off in the winter months will lay their eggs on top of the water as the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Most eggs will stay in this state until spring when they hatch. Although, some larvae will hatch and take refuge under the water and overwinter there. 

3. Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be tough to get rid of once they are in your home, and unfortunately, winter doesn’t help out much. While the cold can cause roaches to go into diapause and slow down, they can still eat and reproduce during the season. Cockroaches are cold-blooded, and enjoy the same temperatures that humans do in their houses. So a cockroach may be even more likely to move inside your home once the temperatures drop, yikes!

4. Termites

If you are a homeowner, termites are not a problem you want to have. These pests are active all year round, which is not good news for home health, although the cold weather can cause termites to slow down or dig deeper tunnels. It’s less likely to notice termites in the winter because swarmers (termites that fly) will not be out, and because you are simply not in areas they reside. It is common to discover termites when doing yard work or home exterior maintenance. Since these things don’t happen much in the cold, people sometimes think termites must not be a problem.

5. Wasps

Wasps are fascinating in the fact that their colonies basically start from scratch every year. However, that does not mean your home is wasp free during the winter. Wasps will die off as the temperatures drop mostly due to starvation, but the queen bee survives. The future of the colony depends on her finding somewhere to wait out the cold – oftentimes in cracks and crevices in a home. If you see a lone wasp during the winter, it is most likely a queen.

You may not see pests this winter, but it does not mean they aren’t there. In fact, preventative pest control during the winter is a great way to keep the bugs away when spring comes around. That’s why we have our Home Protection Plan which includes seasonal home visits. If you would like an estimate, give us a call at (855) 459-0722 or contact us here!

Want to learn things you can do this Fall to help keep the pests away? Check out this Fall Home & Yard Checklist!

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