Understanding How Winter Weather Affects Insects

Changes in seasons can make controlling bug infestations challenging, especially in warmer weather. Increased temperatures, precipitation and droughts all contribute to the emergence of new insect species and invasions. However, because insects are cold-blooded organisms that cannot generate their own body heat, fewer insects survive the cold winter weather and start seeking refuge indoors.

In this article, we find out why.

Insects And Cold Weather

Because insects are cold-blooded, the weather affects them differently than warm-blooded mammals. They must find a way to survive when the temperature drops in preparation for the abundant spring season. Insects have several survival strategies. Either they will migrate to a place with warmer weather, or certain insects become dormant in below-freezing temperatures and will find a safe place to hibernate.

Some insects have a built-in biological antifreeze system in their bodies. This fluid helps protect their cells and organs from developing deadly ice crystals within the body. When the weather warms up, insects return to their normal activity levels.

Understanding Insect Behaviours In Winter

Certain insects bury themselves underground. But because our homes and their home environments often overlap, they find shelter within our homes. Sometimes you may not even realise your home has been picked as a safe shelter for insects over winter.

  • Bees: Bees and wasps seek shelter from the cold in trees, logs or the ceilings of buildings and barns. They will remain dormant there until the spring.
  • Ants: Ants can get into your home almost anywhere and are tiny enough to get into almost anything. However, keeping food in tightly sealed containers and keeping kitchen counters clean prevents the opportunity for an easy meal. A good preventative measure would be trimming shrubs and tree limbs away from the building.
  • Spiders: Spiders are common winter home invaders seeking dark corners and spaces where they can hide out.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches, who thrive in warmth and humidity, will also turn indoors in search of damp, dark spaces.
  • Termites: Termites also remain active during the winter months and are actually unaffected by the weather patterns.

If pests are preparing for the winter, so should you. With proper inspection, you can identify dormant insects or offspring in your home before the trouble starts.

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