Will Insect Invasions Be Cured By Cold Weather?

It seems as if this summer was particularly bad for insect invasions. In fact, many pest professionals received a higher-than-average number of call-outs. But with summer coming to an end, will we see an end to this?

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Do insects die off in the winter? 

The answer to this question is yes and no. You see, there are several things you need to know about cold weather and insect invasions. To begin with, cold weather is great because it means that many insects die off.

These pests lay their eggs and then die. With other pests, such as wasps, the queen leaves the nest and finds a place to hide from the cold. Then, you also have insects who go into a sort of hibernation. What happens is that these pests slow their activity down as much as possible. This allows them to conserve energy and get through the winter. Cockroaches and ants are a great example of this.

This is good news because it means that cold weather halts insect invasions. The insects either die, or you don’t see them anymore. That being said, this isn’t always the case. The reason why is because our homes provide insects with an artificial environment in which they thrive.

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What you should know about pest invasions and cold weather

Most homes are warmed by central heating. This means that insects do not have to slow down their activity at all. They can continue business as usual. This is why many people experience insect invasions despite it getting colder. The main culprits are fleas and bed bugs.

This is also why you need to be particularly careful as the weather cools. The fact is that this is prime time for insects coming into your home. If this happens, the insects will breed in the warm environment, and you may end up with an infestation.

Fleas and bed bugs can be picked up from the outside and brought into your home, and of course pets can bring in fleas. If cockroaches are already present, they may be keeping warm in your home or they may be entering to keep warm. It is unlikely that you will see flies, wasps or ants in the winter.

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Survey your home and look for things like cracks and holes. Even the smallest of these can provide an entry way for insects, so close them up. Pay special attention to lose bricks and boards. Also, trim bushes and trees which touch the walls of your home. Insects crawl into these, and then use them to access the house.

Lastly, if you’re especially concerned about this problem, contact a pest control company to keep a pest free home. They can help you with professional pest proofing and with dealing with any insect infestations, including fleas, cockroaches and bed bugs. This will all but guarantee that pests are kept away during winter.

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