Pesky Pests in Cold Weather

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Well Tri-County Pest Control fans, it seems as though the arctic “bomb-cyclone” has finally passed us, as temperatures are beginning to rise up to where they should be in the winter months.  It was a cold one, no doubt, and when many people were wondering how they would get out of the several inches (and in some cases, feet) of snow, we were wondering how some pests deal with the bitter cold.  With that said, we invite you to join us today, as we delve into this topic, and tell you how those pesky critters seem to make it to the spring!

Before we get to how some pests manage to evade the cold, we should get one thing straight—most pests cannot stand temperatures below 50 degrees.  This is because they are cold-blooded creatures, and, unlike humans, they cannot regulate their body temperature. Therefore, their insides are roughly the same temperature as they are on the outside, making it quite a feat to bear the cold.  Consequently, these critters are hardwired to avoid the below-freezing temperatures, either by migrating, finding shelter, or burrowing underground until the spring.  Those who do not will simply keel over, and ascend into the big dirtbox in the sky.   

So, let’s talk about the pests that will find somewhere warm to hole up until the spring, which all belong to the group of pests that you are most likely going to see in your home during the winter.  These include cockroaches, spiders, ticks, and termites, and they are just nimble enough to squeeze into the tiniest crack they can find in your weather stripping, screen, or siding.  Just because they are looking for a place doesn’t mean that they should stay at yours—keep cracks to a minimum and try your best to remove any debris (firewood, mulch, plants) that can serve as either shelter or food for these critters, since they will just stake out there until you leave the door wide open for too long.

Now, what about those pests that migrate?  You or your children may remember the story of the monarch butterfly, and may have even kept a caterpillar as a class pet during the fall, and setting it loose in the late fall so it can fly south.  Well, the monarch butterfly is just one example of the several hundreds of critters that have migration wired into their DNA, leaving them out of your hair until the warm weather comes back to our region.

The cold may have killed off a few things (like your desire to go outside or thoughts for a slushie) but there are some still pests that are chugging along.  Luckily enough, we keep working all throughout the year, so you will never have to worry about a pest-infested home.

Give us a call today to see how we can keep your home void of pests, even in this frigid winter temperature!

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