Have you ever wondered what happens to those creepy, crawly pests in the winter time? We all enjoy when there are less bugs, but where do they go? We wanted to give you a look at what happens to 3 common pests in the winter.

Cockroaches typically live outdoors so when temperatures drop many of them enter a hibernation-like state known as diapause. In this state, their metabolic rate slows and growth stops. Some places where you might find a hibernating cockroach include wood piles and decaying trees. Roaches can remain active in the winter by moving indoors where there is an abundance of warmth, food and water.

House flies also enter the hibernation-like state of diapause in the winter months. Adult house flies spend their days in cracks and crevices, away from humans. Once temperatures begin to climb in the spring months, the fly’s appetite and development return to normal. Some conditions in your home could make it favorable for flies to survive in the winter. Make sure to empty trash cans regularly and don’t overwater potted plants.

Ants are the masters of overwintering or waiting out the winter season. Most species consume larger amounts of food in autumn, thereby allowing them to survive of very little food in the winter. They overwinter on a community level by hunkering down in clusters to maintain body heat. They also huddle protecively around the queen. Ants seek out warm places such as deep soil, under rocks and under the bark of trees. This seeking out warmth may also bring them indoors. Be sure to keep kitchens and counters free of crumbs or food spills.