Missouri's Most Common Pests can Survive through Winter!

When the cold weather appears, birds migrate south, bears go into hibernation, and humans layer up and tend to relax inside of their warm house. Have you ever wondered what happens to pests during the winter? Many people just assume that they die off, but Best Pest Control knows that some pests have strategies to make it through the winter. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some information about how some of Missouri's most common pests survive through the winter and the cold weather.


Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are interesting creatures. They can withstand temperatures from close to freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, controlling bed bugs can be extremely difficult. However, after a few days of exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, they usually succumb. The bad news? Our homes are the perfect refuge for bed bugs to survive during the winter months.

Ants
You don’t usually see a line of ants scurrying across the kitchen counter in the middle of winter. While they may not be out in plain view, that doesn’t mean they aren’t nearby. Ants are extremely successful at overwintering in the outdoors, including our yards. During the fall, they indulge in large amounts of food with the goal of putting on fat to survive for weeks without eating. As the chill of winter arrives, an ants body temperature and it’s productivity significantly decreases. So they seal up their colony and hunker down deep in the soil until the spring arrives. Once the temperature rises, ants will emerge from their colony, full of energy, and ready to crash your spring picnic.

Mosquitoes
Coming across a mosquito and their red, itchy bites, is inevitable when you’re outside in the summer months. When winter comes around, it might be surprising to learn that mosquitoes don’t just fall away. Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes overwinter or hibernate, in protected places. As the weather conditions begin to improve, female mosquitoes awaken and are on the hunt for a blood source to feed on and to begin developing eggs.


Cockroaches
Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and they have evolved into some of the most adaptable creatures. Does this mean they are able to survive the cold weather? Most types of cockroaches can survive year-round, as long as they have easy access to a warm, moist environment. The American cockroach will live outdoors in warmer climates. Once the temperature starts to get colder, this cockroach will mass migrate into homes or larger commercial buildings such as restaurants, grocery stores, etc. The German cockroach, on the other hand, prefers an indoor humid habitat close to food and moisture sources. This species often makes itself at home in residential kitchens and bathrooms, especially during the winter.

Termites
What happens to termites during the winter is influenced by the specific species and the climate that they live in. in colder climates, subterranean termites will dig deeper into the soil – below the frost line – to stay warm. Species like dry wood termites will seek out dry wood for shelter. In warmer climates or heated homes, termites can be active year-round.

Because many common household pests are able to survive during the winter season, it’s important to take the necessary steps to pest-proof your home. Best Pest Control can help you take those necessary steps to keep your home free of pests this winter. Before the weather gets too much colder, call the best pest control at the Lake of the Ozarks and make sure your home is prepared.

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