Once the cold weather comes, birds begin to migrate south, bears hibernate, while humans relax by the fire and layer up to keep warm throughout the cold winter season. But have you ever wondered what happens to pests such as termites, mosquitoes, and ants? Most homeowners assume that they just die but what they don’t know is that these pests as well as other insects find ways to survive winter. Find out how these little critters make it through the cold season and some of the most effective pest control tips to help you stop them from invading your home.
It is not all common for you to see ants marching across your kitchen counter during winter. But that does not mean that they are not close by. Ants are extremely successful at overwintering outdoors, even in your backyard. During the fall season, they enjoy eating a lot of food so they can put on fat, which will help them survive weeks without eating. Once winter sets in, they close up their colony and stay comfortably under rocks or in deep soil until springtime. When the temperature increases, ants will come out from their overwintering sites, still filled with energy, and all set to crash your next backyard barbecue.
Bed bugs can withstand freezing temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, making them very difficult to control. But, they usually die a few days after they are exposed to temperatures lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Given that, your home is the best place for them to stay so they could survive during winter.
Cockroaches have been roaming the earth for millions of years. They have even turned into extremely adaptable creatures in the world today. Are they capable of surviving in the cold weather? Most types of cockroaches survive throughout the year provided that they have regular access to a moist and warm environment. For example, the German cockroach loves the humid habitat indoors because it is close to moisture and food sources. Given that, this species usually make a home in bathrooms and kitchens. Meanwhile, the American cockroach resides outdoors and love the warm weather condition. When the temperature drops, this type of cockroach migrates to large commercial buildings like grocery stores, residential homes, restaurants, and even hospitals. Some of them also migrate to residential homes.
Mosquito bites are inevitable especially when you spend time outdoors during the warmer season. However, you might be a bit surprised to learn that mosquitoes do not go away during the cold weather. Mosquitoes also hibernate or overwinter in protected areas such as hollow logs. When the weather improves, female mosquitoes will start to awaken and search for a blood source to feed and start developing eggs.
Do you know what happens to termites during the cold weather? How they survive depends on their species and the climate where they reside. During the cold weather, subterranean termites dig deep into the soil, underneath the frost line, so they can keep themselves warm. Meanwhile, other species such as drywood termites will search for dry wood as their home. When temperatures hit 70 degrees Fahrenheit, young female and male termite swarmers come out of their nest to look for a mate and a new spot for their nest, which is commonly inside our houses. During warm weather where the temperature is regulated inside the house, termites have higher chances of being active throughout the year.
Now that you have a brief overview of the most common household pests and how they survive through winter, you have to take the necessary Myrtle Beach pest control measures.
Call AAA Pest Control if you need the help of professionals in defending your home and protecting it against pests during winter.
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