Does Cold Weather Kill Bugs?

With the recent snow Oklahoma has been seeing lately, there’s a good chance that many homeowners and business owners are wondering if that means that their pest problems are over for the season. While this has become a commonly held misconception in recent years, the actual answer may not be what you are expecting. In fact, cold weather doesn’t kill bugs at all because they will often adapt before the temperatures become low enough to kill them.

As the temperature starts to plummet or snow begins to fall, many insects will begin burrowing into the soil or other warm spots that may be available. Other insects will typically have already migrated to warmer locations or made their way indoors to take advantage of the central heating and stable temperatures that a home provides. In fact, many pests, like cockroaches, spiders or rodents, may already be inside of your home or business without you even knowing that they are there.

In most cases, the temperature isn’t even an important factor and, instead, most pests will adjust to meet adequate levels of moisture as they continue to change. For instance, when a large amount of rain falls, ants will begin looking for higher ground to avoid drowning in the floodwaters. This excessive moisture also makes it possible for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in standing water. The truth is that insects have been around for a long time and have evolved to understand what is required to survive during extreme or mild winters. For this reason, you shouldn’t rely on cold weather to determine whether or not you are safe from a potential pest invasion.


At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.-