Should I Still Spray For Pests in winter?
Questions about winter pest control are ones we often get from our Pest Off clients. They want to know if they should continue spraying for pests in the winter and continue their other pest control program. Common sense might say that since most insects die in the winter it must not be necessary. However, not all insects and pest die off as you might imagine. Consider cities where snow is on the ground from October to April. While most pests will die, the ones who don’t are looking for some specific conditions to weather the cold. This sounds a lot like your be in your home or business! The answer to the question is a resounding “yes” for winter pest spraying. Don’t be a winter life boat for bugs!
“Overwintering” Insects & Pests
Winter can trigger a survival mode called overwintering. Overwintering is the process by which some organisms pass through or wait out the winter season, or pass through that period of the year when “winter” conditions make normal activity or even survival difficult or near impossible.
Winter conditions force outdoor pests to look for warm inviting locations to escape what would be a deadly environment for them. Insects are extremely cunning creatures and can adapt very easily to survive the cold harsh winter months. Usually those that survive do decrease in number. In many cases, their survival depends wintering in various stages, many as eggs, until temperatures start to rise, signaling them to wake up and emerge from their shells. Some insects undergo a process call diapause, essentially known as hibernation. This process begins and is initiated when daylight hours get shorter and temperatures begin to drop. An insect in diapause uses only a fraction of their normal energy and survive on stored body fat over the months it remains cold.
Another amazing thing about insects is that they can survive freezing temperatures by producing glycerol in their bodies. This glycerol would be considered like antifreeze in a car! This glycerol allows insects the ability to supercool and survive otherwise extreme winter conditions.
Refuge in Trees
Another way insects overwinter is by hiding in tree holds, under the bark and leaves on trees, and can even settle in just below the soil surface to avoid cool temperatures until the weather becomes more tolerant. Of course the bad news if these sites or ways can’t be found, many insects begin the process of looking for warm locations through cracks and holes and your home or facility will certainly be a perfect fit for all their needs.
Other Overwintering Locations
Overwintering insects may take up residence in your lawn. Or they could find a cozy spot under a rock, wood, branches, or stacked logs and simply snuggle up with a bunch of their friends to conserve heat. Some insects burrow and dig down into the ground, mulch, or even your leftover leaf piles to find shelter from the cold. For most insects that overwinter, the best place to is unfortunately in your nice, warm home.
Remember that all insects need food, water, and warmth to survive in any winter season. Cold winters do not naturally provide these basics of live. So, the result is many insects will take up residence in your home and lawn.
Winter Pest Control Solutions
There are ways in winter to help keep pests at bay especially during the most frigid winter months. Remember preparation may save you time and money by simply preparing your home or business against sneaky pests from coming inside. Insects while very small are incredibly resourceful in their ability to enter homes.
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Crazy Cockroach Factoids
- A cockroach can live without its head! It can live up to one month without a head, if not infected or eaten by predators. It doesn’t need a brain to control its breathing. Cockroaches breathe through spiracles found in each segment of the body. These spiracles deliver air to each body cell through a set of tubes. They also don’t have blood pressure, so cutting off its head doesn’t make it bleed to death, and their necks would seal off by clotting. They don’t need much food and a meal they had one day would be enough for them to last for weeks.
- A roach can survive a nuclear explosion! Roaches can tolerate up to 125 times of the radiation that will kill a human. Of course, if they’re caught in the blast zone, they’ll be goners too! They can survive the aftermath that would kill humans, not the explosion and fire.
- They can’t move backwards, so they can’t get out of your ear! Cockroaches have been known to crawl inside the persons’ ears while asleep. The problem is that they cannot move backward. This means that they have no way of crawling out of an ear canal once inside. Once they are lodged inside an ear, they can cause ear pain and infection before being removed by a physician.
- Why do cockroaches die on their backs? They don’t always die this way in the natural world. They often flipped over only when killed by insecticides. This is largely due to the nerve poisons that disrupt the neurotransmitter and cause muscular spasms. They simply can’t flip back without muscular coordination and eventually die on their backs.
- Roaches don’t need air (or it seems that way). Cockroaches do need air to live, but they can hold their breath for 40 minutes at a time, making them excellent at hiding in unusual spaces. A roach can even hold its breath underwater to prevent drowning.
- Roaches are great runners. If there was an insect Olympics, cockroaches would almost certainly come in first in the spiriting competition. Cockroaches can run at speeds of up to three miles per hour.
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Commercial Pest Control
Commercial buildings have a lot more variation depending on the business involved (food service, healthcare, retail, etc.) and commercial pest control companies have the experience to create custom treatment plans to account for those variations.
Because commercial pest control companies have more experience working with custom environments, they also have more experience with offering long term preventative measures. Sometimes a businesses’ building is more susceptible to pests because of its location or other residents. Those types of uncontrollable factors are taken into account by commercial pest control companies. They can offer you long term preventative solutions, such as preventative traps in and around the building.
Businesses are less likely to get bedbugs, but they’re more likely to Pest Offs like rats and cockroaches, because it’s more common to have a commercial building closer to environments (for instance, abandoned property) where those types of creatures thrive. You want to make sure you choose a company that specializes in the type of pest that’s bothering you.
Household Pest Control
The homes most of us live in are fundamentally very similar to each other. That means that the pest control problem encountered by the typical homeowner tend to be similar, as well. Most pest problems found in homes can be solved using the same couple approaches every time.
Most often, homes tend to attract similar certain varieties of pests that thrive on the day to day life that goes on inside. You’re more likely to find ants, bedbugs, and termites inside of residential homes because they more commonly contain the fabric-heavy environments they prefer. While you won’t need a commercial pest control company for the typical home pest extermination, treatment and management needs, a company that offers commercial pest treatment services will have a much broader range of experience and be more likely to find more innovative solutions than the company that only provides home pest control services.