During the warmer months, it can feel like insects are everywhere. Birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and bugs are crawling outside your home all spring and summer. As the weather cools down, you may think that pests will die off or migrate to warmer climates. Surprisingly, most pests stay right where they are for winter – hibernating or sneaking into a heated home.

Which pests stay active in winter?

Rodents, ants, silverfish, spiders, bedbugs, and cockroaches are all pests that you may see because they remain active in the winter.  When the weather starts to get colder, they search for warm shelter, which can include your home. Be sure to stay on top of pest prevention as seasons change!

Do any pests die during cold months?

Termites and fleas will die if exposed to a long enough period of freezing weather. This typically requires temperatures at 25-28°F or below. However, they will seek shelter and warmth to avoid freezing. Fleas in particular will cocoon to survive cold weather. You should still be diligent in monitoring for termites and fleas in your home, even if it’s freezing outside!

Which pests hibernate?

Bees, mosquitoes, beetles, flies, moths, and butterflies are all likely to hibernate during winter. These insects will find places to hide to keep warm. Some go underground, others burrow into wood or logs, and some simply hide under loose debris. Tucked away for the coldest months, they will become active again when spring comes.

No matter the season, it’s always important to practice pest preventing habits, like keeping your property clutter-free, storing garbage and firewood several feet away from your house, and sealing off possible entrances to your home. May Exterminating is here to help your family stay pest-free year round!