The winter has set in, and it’s time for most insects to travel or migrate. Many of them make their way to your home. Insects often hunt for food and find a comfortable spot in your home during winters. Insects love a warm, cozy environment just as much as we do. So, they’re likely to seek a spot in your home and head out once spring and summer start. Here’s a look why insects are partying in your home during the winters and how a pest inspection can prevent your home from being damaged.
What leads to an increase in insects in warm winters?
Many adult insects are unable to survive the frost. But they leave behind eggs that survive and mature fast. While some move to warmer climates, others seek protection from the cold and may find their way to your home.
During fall, you may find an accumulation of various insects on the sunny side of your home. And insects actively look for warmer places in your home. Amongst them are Asian multicolored lady beetles, brown marmorated sink, and boxelder bugs that are well-known for this behavior.
Insects like gathering underneath the vinyl siding where they are protected from the cold. Cracks and crevice in your home are an invitation to insects to crawl in and seek residence. Poorly sealed window frames also allow insects to easily enter your home and so it is necessary to get pest control before or during winters.
Which Insects and Pests to Expect During Warm Winters
Aphids arrive early and are an indication that insects survive a mild fall and winter. Bermuda Mites usually emerge during hot and dry climates.
Bermuda Mites are microscopic and quietly damage the exterior of your home. They have a life cycle of 4-7 days and multiply quickly, destroying a major part of your lawn.
Tips to Defend Your Home from Insects during winters
- Secure all openings and ensure your home is completely sealed. Look for possible cracks in the exterior of your home through which bugs may be making way into your home. The common are door and window frames, edges of vinyl as well as attic ventilation screens.
- Make sure you always keep your windows and doors closed, including the garage door. Bees and flying insects just need one opportunity to make into your home.
- Lawn debris attracts insects. Remove cut grass, raked leaves, and compost piles as often as you can. Take turns to remove lawn debris as it can be a tiring task. If you’ve left firewood or lumber out, store them away until your next use. Insects love wood and they invite some of their friends to party while you’re asleep.
- To safeguard your home a little extra, use an insecticide barrier or request for a pest inspection.
Winters are a beautiful time to curl up and get cozy in your bed. And many of us may enjoy activities like snowboarding and skiing up in the mountains. Some may even take advantage of this time to travel for a much-awaited break!
You don’t want to be worried about hunting down these little insects all winter, especially if you live in freezing and expensive cities like Chicago or Minneapolis! You may do your bit to terminate insects from your home. But a pest inspection will give you a greater sense of comfort to ensure no stone is left untouched to remove these invasive creatures from your property.