The temperature has started to drop, and you’ve probably noticed that you’re seeing less and less insect activity around your home. This is a good thing, as insects can cause all kinds of trouble — damaging your lawn and home and carrying diseases that can compromise your health. But, have you ever wondered where all of those insects go during the cold winter months? Here’s where some of Allentown’s most common insects go during the winter:
While you may have seen lots of ant activity in and around your home during the spring, summer and fall, it’s not uncommon for them to disappear during the winter. In the fall, ants are preparing for the winter by indulging in as much food as they can in order to build up enough fat to survive the winter. Once the winter comes, their body temperature starts to decrease, along with their productivity level, and they hunker down deep in the soil of your lawn until spring comes.
Most pests are less active during the winter, as they are hibernating or burrowing to survive the cold weather. But, cockroaches are actually more likely to be spotted in your home during the winter. American cockroaches typically live outside during the spring and summer, but once the temperature starts to drop, they escape the cold by moving into to our homes and commercial buildings. Cockroaches are especially drawn to places where there is plenty of food and water, which makes the kitchens and bathrooms in our homes the ideal winter home for cockroaches.
The species of termites will depend on where and how they ride out the winter months. For example, subterranean termites survive the winter by digging deep in the soil, just below the frost line, to keep warm. Drywood termites, on the other hand, shelter in dry wood. These termites won’t come out to find mates in the spring until the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In places with warmer climates, as well as in some heated homes, some species can remain active throughout the year.
As cold-blooded creatures, spiders need somewhere warm to ride out the winter months, and in some cases, that will mean your very own home. Though, not all spiders survive winter in this way. In order to survive the cold, some species will hibernate in piles of leaves or rocks. Some will make nests, sometimes in sheds, attics or garages. Wherever they spend their winter, spiders move much more slowly during the winter and are, therefore, less likely to be spotted.
As you can see, there are multiple ways that different pests survive the winter, but when you rely on the pest control professionals at Green Turf, they don’t have to survive the winter in your home or lawn. In addition to keeping fleas, ticks and other pests out of your lawn, we also offer perimeter pest control to keep pests away from your home. Learn more about our pest control solutions in Allentown when you visit us online today!