During the cooler months, you may see a decrease in insects. When winter weather arrives, some pests go into hibernation, while others enter homes seeking warmth and food sources. Insects assume an internal body temperature similar to their environment, leaving them vulnerable to harsh winter weather and fluctuating temperatures.  Most insects do not develop or function at temperatures below 50°F, but they do not typically freeze until temperatures are well below -4°F.

One of the insects you will still see active are cockroaches. Roaches are seen in both the warmer and in the cooler months. During the cooler months, they will seek shelter for warmth and the presence of food. A cockroach’s dream home can be kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and the space under appliances – where it is warm and has moisture. The key to keeping roaches out is to keep your home, but most importantly your kitchen, as spotless as possible. After cooking or preparing a snack, wipe up crumbs and spills immediately.

Rodents are another pest you will see in the cooler, winter months. As mammals, they need to maintain a warm body temperature to survive. Couple that with the fact that harsh winter months mean there are fewer food sources readily available, and you can see why rodents might decide to call your house their “home”. We suggest that you seal the gaps in windowsills, cracks in the flooring, or any small holes in the wall to help keep them from entering your residence.

You will start to see winter bugs, beetles, spiders and other critters in cooler months. Tarantulas and brown recluses will become more active because their migration takes place from September to October. Whenever you see cracks in the foundation, patch them up! Even the smallest opening can allow rodents and insects to enter the house, so sealing every crevice is crucial. If all else fails, you can always call The Bugyman Exterminators and we will be glad to help!