Although many Oklahomans lament the end of summer and the float trips and warm weather it provides, they often find some solace in the cold knowing that fewer bugs are a problem throughout the winter. Since many bugs are ectothermic, – meaning they rely on external sources of body heat – plummeting temperatures can send even the most terrifying creepy crawlies searching for a warm place to hide. On the other hand, some insects die off like paper wasps or migrate to warmer areas. And, while there are several ways for bugs to survive the winter, homeowners still might be wondering “Where do bugs go during the winter?”. Fortunately, the answer may be much simpler than they might imagine.
Bugs Hibernate Through Winter
Once temperatures get too cold for some species of silkworms, flies or moths, they enter a state of diapause where they do not move, eat or fly like they typically would. During this period, both body temperature and metabolism are reduced to conserve energy and promote the chances of surviving during the winter season when food sources are limited. One other fascinating aspect of diapause is that all development also stops. This means that an insect could hinder moving into the next life cycle stage until the weather is more accommodating.
Bugs Huddle for Warmth
Often referred to as a “loveliness of ladybugs”, ladybugs will huddle in groups of hundreds inside of cracks, trees or roofing throughout the winter to achieve warmth and protection from the elements during the winter season. Once ladybugs enter this formation to achieve warmth, the population will not separate until the temperatures are consistently warm enough for them to stay comfortable on their own and venture off. So, just as we like to cuddle up with loved ones next to the fire, the insect populations are often doing the same to make the best of their environment.
Bugs Migrate to Warm Areas
Some bugs, like butterflies, migrate for survival because they are dependent on warmer temperatures. One great example of this is the travel paths that monarch butterflies, dragonflies and some grasshoppers take to reach destinations that provide the optimal temperature and access to food sources. To prepare for upcoming long journeys, many of these species of insects will stop reproducing until warmer temperatures return to make the migration process easier since long journeys are often required to reach safety.
Bugs Move Nests Indoors
While most homeowners are content to know that insect activity is slowing outdoors during the winter, this could mean that they are making their way indoors to take advantage of your groceries, central heating and running water. While bugs like stinkbugs or boxelder bugs that move indoors to hibernate are relatively harmless, other potential pests like rodents and roaches may signify a much stronger need for winter pest control services. Fortunately, working with a pest control provider for preventative services can help protect a home even further.
Give Pests the Cold Shoulder This Winter
If you are struggling to keep your home from becoming an all-inclusive resort for pests during the colder months, Emtec Pest Control has the winter pest control solutions needed to make an impact. our highly-skilled, licensed and experienced technicians are ready to meet all your pest control needs. Give us a call to schedule your free, whole home pest control evaluation.
Why is Winter Pest Control Important?
Once winter hits, pest control providers are often busier than the average person may realize. One common reason for this is the high probability of pests moving inside of homes or businesses to escape the changing temperatures. Just like humans, many insects and other unwanted critters prefer to find comfort in warm areas that do not expose them to the cold. This is one of the most important reasons that winter pest control be included in your year-round protection efforts from insects, rodents or any other creepy crawlies.
Even worse, existing pest problems can continue to wreak havoc on a home – particularly if the offender is a colony of termites that are eating through your home’s structure 24/7. Any pests that are inside of a home are unlikely to notice the changing temperatures outside and will continue functioning normally year-round. Regular pest control services, even during the winter, can have a positive impact in ensuring that existing pests are detected and treated while new pests are not causing problems that may exacerbate the problem.
One final reason that winter pest control is important is that it provides a great foundation for remaining pest-free during the following spring. Eliminating and controlling pest problems throughout the colder months helps make it less likely that other pests will find the same area accommodating; however, this does not remove the need for continued pest control services. No matter what your winter pest control needs may be, or what existing pests you are currently dealing with, Emtec Pest Control is a professional partner you can trust.
When to Call a Professional
Just because it is cold outside does not mean that your home or business is protected from potential pest problems. If you are struggling to fight back against intrusive or dangerous pests, the expert technicians at Emtec Pest Control are ready to help. No matter what pests you may be struggling to control, we can provide a free initial inspection and recommend the services to eliminate them and keep them away for the rest of the season.
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 winter pests or pest control services available 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. We look forward to helping you keep your home pest-free throughout the late-year holiday season.
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.