How Does Winter Weather Affect Pest Problems?

A typical Georgia winter is unpredictable at best. It may be freezing for a few days, with temperatures dropping into the teens, but then a surprise day of warmer temperatures can sneak up and surprise you. Georgia winters also alternate between wet and dry weather all season long.

How does this up and down winter weather affect the pests that can plague your home in metro Atlanta? The short answer is that different pests have different responses to weather. So when you’re dealing with a Southern winter that can bring just about any conditions, you should always be on the lookout for pests and ensure that your home is protected by quality pest control services.

How Pests React to Cold Weather

Insects are cold-blooded animals, so they can easily adapt to different temperatures. While popular opinion is that many insects die during the winter, that’s not necessarily the case. Many species of insects do become dormant when the temperature gets below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but they are quick to resurface when the weather warms up. Insects have a sort of built-in antifreeze in their bodies that cause them to slow down and cease activity when the temperature drops. Some insects go underground and others migrate further south for the winter, but most of the pests we see just go dormant throughout the winter months.

Colder weather does slow the reproduction rates of insects, so you won’t see as many pests during the winter. Even though many insects don’t reproduce as much in the wintertime, some species hibernate with their eggs which will be ready to hatch in the spring. Bees, yellowjackets, and wasps lay dormant in trees and under wood piles and stacks of other organic material, just waiting for the weather to warm up again.

Stretches of mild weather in the winter may be a nice break for you and your family, but they aren’t great for pest control. Although the won’t become super active again unless the mild weather stays around for a bit, even a few warmer days in the midst of the winter can reactivate a number of insects and pests around your home.

Winter winds can make the already chilly weather feel that much colder, but that’s not the only downside to the wind. If your home sustains wind damage, pests can find more ways into your house and cause a pest control problem that is difficult to handle on your own.

The Pests That Don’t Mind the Cold

The one glaring exception to the rule of dormant insect populations in the wintertime is cockroaches. That’s right: those pesky roaches can survive and even thrive through the winter months. Some people say they can even survive a nuclear holocaust, and we tend to agree. Cockroaches are exceptionally tough pests and aren’t bothered by cold, so you’re likely to see them all year long. Not only are roaches big and gross, but they can also carry diseases, making you and your family sick in the already illness-plagued winter months.

Rodents generally don’t take the winter off either. They spend the colder months looking for a warm place with plenty of food to nest throughout the cold season, and houses just like yours are perfect for a rodent’s winter home. Rodents also carry diseases and can do damage to your home all year long, including leaving droppings and chewing wires.

Termites are another winter pest concern. They can burrow into, under, and through the wood in your home all year round. Even when the weather is cold, they can do damage to the structure of your home.

What About Rain, Snow, or Ice?

Pests love water, so the ones that don’t go dormant will react to wet weather like they react to mild or warm weather. Termites especially love rainy weather, so they’ll become slightly more active when the ground and your home are damp. Cockroaches will be on the move when the weather is wet as well.

We don’t get much snow here in the south, but when it does snow, even a light covering on the ground can act like a layer of insulation for the insects that are underneath. Insects can benefit from the protection and warmth that snow offers, making them more active and cumbersome.

Ice, similar to wind, can do damage to your home that can give pests a way in. The longer ice hangs around, the more problems it can cause, both in terms of general damage and insect infestations, so be on the lookout for ice that doesn’t melt within a day or two.

A Pest Control Solution You Can Trust

The best way to deal with pest issues throughout the winter is to count on the professionals at Pest Force. For those living in Loganville, Monroe, Winder, or Athens, our pest control services are the best chance you have at eliminating problems with pesky insects and rodents. You can trust us to put our years of expertise to work for you.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will tailor solutions directly to your needs. Our methods are as good for the planet as they are for your home, so you can count on us without having to worry about environmental damage or long-term pest issues. We’re your best option for quality and affordable pest control in metro Atlanta, and we look forward to serving you with our tried and true pest control solutions.

Trust Pest Force to treat and prevent pest problems and care for your home and family all year long. It’s more than pest control — it’s peace of mind.

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