Where Do Pests Go During the Winter?

A Western New York winter is inhospitable to human beings. Extreme cold temperatures, treacherous snowfall, and dark clouds hanging over every day are all hard things to bear. So pests don’t stand a chance, right? Where do the critters go during the winter months when there’s no sign of their existence?

Some insects make like birds—and some of our elderly residents—by migrating south to warmer weather. Butterflies are a good example of this. While they’re not typically thought of as pests, they can be destructive to landscaping, especially in early stages of development. Other insects migrate downward into the earth, bringing stockpiles of food below the frost line to wait it out until spring.

Unfortunately, as some homeowners are all too familiar, some common pests migrate into the warmth of your home. That’s right—we’ve unwillingly built winter lodging for insects like roaches, termites and ants that post up in the dark recesses of our homes for the winter.

Some insects, like bees and ladybugs, use their collective warmth as a means for survival, bundling together in hives and other safe places. On the other hand, pests like wasps often leave a single, strong queen to survive the winter before nesting and building a new hive when conditions are ripe. Other pests live through their immature stages of development that line up with the seasons, emerging in their adult stages ready to wreak havoc at just the right time. These include moths and grasshoppers.

Finally, even annoying pests exhibit the miracles of nature. Some insects have biological processes that produce natural anti-freeze. While lying dormant, they stay just warm enough to avoid freezing from the inside out.

While it’s interesting to hear how bugs manage to survive our harsh Buffalo winters without the modern luxuries us humans enjoy, homeowners are largely considered with just one thing: keeping them out once they emerge. To prepare for the eventual thawing out, and the yearly onslaught of new pests, contact Amherst Exterminators today.

 

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