St Louis Pest Control Blog

What Happens to Bugs in the Winter?

During the wintertime, bugs find various ways to endure. For example, some like monarch butterflies migrate to regions with warmer clients, while others escape to their shelters or even underground to escape the cold. For example, honey bees choose to stay in their hives during the winter and huddle together for warmth, while grasshoppers hibernate as eggs and hatch in the spring. The reason why a bug species might migrate or escape to their shelters or even underground during the winter is because like lizards and snakes, insects are cold-blooded. Therefore, they seek warmth either with each other and/or in a warm shelter.During the winter times, many bugs will begin to live under a type of hibernation status known as diapause. During diapause, a bug will reduce the amount of water in its body while its sleeps through the winter, by replacing it naturally in their bodies with glycerol, which acts as an antifreeze. It is very common to find bugs who are in the egg and pupae stages of development, who use this time to grow and develop into maturity until spring comes, when they will finally hatch.


Bugs who find shelter like ants and bees, find warmth by huddling together inside. Occasionally they will leave the comfort of their shelters in order to seek warmth from the sun on days when the temperature rises above 45 degrees in Fahrenheit. Bugs can find shelter either in the structures they have built inside of people’s homes or outdoors. For example, spiders often go indoors to escape the cold, while ants might seek shelter in their hives, located either underground outside, or in the case of carpenter ants, stay in their tunnels carved out of wood, which can be found inside a wooden home or inside a tree.

Therefore, just because bugs are not as ubiquitous outside during the winter doesn’t mean that they’re gone. Bugs are cold blooded, so they need warmth to survive, even if that means seeking shelter inside of people’s homes. If your home is experiencing any sort of infestation this winter, it might be wise to consider calling an Exterminator. An Exterminator can help with all of your Pest Control needs, including Spider removal. Spider removal tends to be the most common form of Pest Control during the winter season because spiders tend to flee indoors to escape the cold, and don’t have their own structures like ants and bees. Still, Spider removal should not be your only concern this winder in regards to Pest Control. An Exterminator can help you get rid of all your pest problems, including ants, beetles and other insects who have constructed colonial structures in your home all year round and have decided to stay active in your home during the winter.


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