Because insects are cold-blooded, winter generally offers a welcome reprieve from pests. However, some bugs seek refuge in homes during the winter months. Instinct drives these insects to seek out warm, damp spaces with an ample food supply, and the average family home fits the bill quite nicely.
Your home's crawl space, garage or basement may host the perfect combinations of darkness and humidity to provide an enticing home for an insect. In the winter, pests may venture from their homes in these areas to explore your house in search of food and water. This is why it's so common to see pests inside during the winter that you may not have encountered the rest of the year.
What Type of Pests Can You Expect?
Some of the most common winter home invaders in our area include:
- Camelback or cave crickets
Even stink bugs, ladybugs and wasps can be confused out of hibernation and "wake up" during periods of mild weather or thanks to your home's heating system.
Climate Control Can Attract Bugs
If you've only ever seen an occasional bug in your home during the summer, you might be surprised to discover how many seem to appear out of nowhere once your heat comes on in the winter.
Hibernation is a natural and instinctive response to cold weather. Once temperatures drop below a certain level, bugs will become sluggish and seek a hiding place to lay dormant. If temperatures never reach that level, however, they may never go into hiding or may wake up prematurely.
In other words, though it may be winter outside, the heated inside of your home feels like a pleasant spring day to an insect. Lured out of dormancy, these bugs can become pests inside your home.
The good news is that you don't need to accept these unwanted house guests. By being proactive in the fall, you can seal up points of entry and have the home treated to keep pests at bay. Contact RID Pest Control today to learn more about our fall/winter inspections and how we can keep your home pest-free year-round.