What Happens to Pests During the Winter?

As the cooler months start to approach, common pests are seeking out warm and dry areas to hunker down. With so many pests and insects looking to find these warm areas out in the environment, the competition can be challenging for these pests..

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September 18, 2020

As the cooler months start to approach, common pests are seeking out warm and dry areas to hunker down. With so many pests and insects looking to find these warm areas out in the environment, the competition can be challenging for these pests. Unfortunately, this means that your home could be their new habitat and could be troublesome. Know the habits of insects and where they go in these winter months so that you can protect your home. 

What Do Insects Do in Winter?

The correct answer is that they do not die despite popular belief. Many of these pests do become dormant, however, limiting how often you see them. These pest insects that cause disruption on your property include ants, wasps, yellowjackets, bed bugs and roaches. While many of these pests are hidden from sight during the winter months, they are seeking warmer shelter and nesting in these warm areas. Their bodies adjust to the cooler temperatures so that they can survive these temperatures. Before they become dormant for the winter, they seek out shelter and look for areas that will keep them safe until spring arrives and they can be back on the move. 

Carpenter ants are some of the most dangerous insects to lurk in homes throughout the winter. While they do not cause physical harm, they like to build their colonies in home foundations, subjecting the integrity of the property's foundation to dangerous conditions. Having to repair this foundation is also something that is costly and could adversely impact your home for years to come. 

Where Do Insects Go in the Winter?

Insects that are a problem externally in other parts of the year will start to move indoors and create a new nuisance inside your home and other structures. Paper wasps and yellow jackets look for dry areas such as attics to spend the winter months. These areas are often undisturbed and they can go unnoticed through out most of the season. They have the ability to micro-habitat, making basements that are cool and at the foundation another ideal place for insect colonies to develop. Outdoor sheds that store your spring and summer yard items also provide a dark and dry area for these insects to bed up for the winter.

What About Spiders and Rodents?

They, too, are looking for a warm and dry environment to bed up in during the winter. Unfortunately, they are more active than insects over these cooler months and pose more of an issue for Idaho homeowners. Instead of hiding out in the attic, they are lurking in the same warm spaces that you are to keep warm. They also do not hibernate or become dormant during this time, so their activity can appear to be worse. 

Rodents especially will find a quiet place in your attic or basement for a nest, but they will travel the perimeter of your home and property in search of food and warmth. They spend the warmer months out in the fields among the crops that provide shade and shelter, but with the ground too cold and no shelter available, they follow the cold ground to warmer areas where food and warmth are readily available.

Can I Treat My Property During the Winter Months?

Absolutely. IN fact, the wintertime is a great time to take advantage of indoor spraying and treatments. The pesticide has to fight with humidity and heat in the warmer months, which are not prevalent. Opting into a pest control treatment through the winter months can protect your home from these insects and other pests that will try to take up residence with you through the winter. You are not only maintaining a clean living space, but you will be minimizing the spread of disease from these pests and potential damage to your home. 

If you are in the Meridian ID area and would like a pest control consultation on your property, give Owyhee Environmental a call today at (208) 391-5153

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