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How do Bugs Survive the Winter?

When the snow comes and covers the ground around your home in Boston, it's natural to think that the pests are dead and gone. But that isn't the case.

If you have or want to hire pest control services to treat your home regularly, once a month or once every quarter, you may have wanted to skip or move back the services during the winter.

You might have thought winter services aren't worth the time and effort and money.

But there are actually legitimate reasons to receive winter treatments, very important pest control reasons.

Pests Don't Die in the Cold

In January, you might look out your window and think, There's no way anything can live out there.

But then, how do pests come back every year?

Insects have extraordinary adaptations that allow them to survive the winter cold and snow.

None of the insects or other pests that tormented you during the summer are dead or disappeared, they've just figured out how to survive.

Overwintering Strategies

Some pests overwinter by finding a nice, warm hidey-hole in your walls or attic.

A few pests that have learned to accomplish this include stink bugs, box elder bugs, ladybugs, and others.

Other pests, like mosquitoes, use other strategies to survive the winter.

Other Pest Overwintering Strategies

Some insects undergo a process called diapause, which is sort of the insect version of hibernation. Their body processes stop or slow down, and the insect goes through the winter without moving much.

In diapause, the insect isn't asleep necessarily, but undergoes a kind of trance and doesn't become active until the right conditions arise again.

The proper conditions that snap an insect out of diapause include factors like barometric pressure, humidity, and temperature.

Some insects have a larval or pupal stage that they use to survive the winter. Mosquitoes survive the winter in egg form so that when the right conditions return, they can repopulate an area with a vengeance.

In the Words of a Professional …

Ronnie Wright has been working in the pest control industry for about 25 years. He has seen the effects of pests and knows what's best to get rid of them.

"Pests come in all seasons," he says. "Just because it's wintertime and there's snow on the ground doesn't mean that it's going to be thirty degrees next week; it could be sixty degrees next week. That's going to [affect] the biology of the insect … and you could have an issue."

When Fox Pest Control applies treatments in the winter, it's because your siding, your attic, or other hiding places inside the walls are most likely full of overwintering pests.

Those winter applications will catch and affect the pests if they awaken in the middle of winter. Plus, the winter treatment prepares your home for the spring, when their mating season begins and they're particularly active.

Ronnie says: "Any time you have a pest control contract with a company, you need to take full advantage of it and get the services done on a regular basis. If a reservice is needed, go ahead and get the reservice done."

With Fox, No Bug is Simply Better

No matter your pest situation, no matter the time of year, Fox has the tools and experience you need to make your home safe and comfortable again.

When customers receive treatments according to the plan they sign up for, the results are incomparable.

Call Fox today, and you could receive same-day service if you call before 2 pm.

Posted on February 10, 2020.

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