Compared to our northern neighbors, winters in Georgia are relatively mild. Since our winters aren’t especially cold, more insects can survive the season to surge in spring.
Do I need pest control in winter?
While you may not see as many insects in the winter months, pest control is still important. Some pests move into the home to escape the cold, while some (termites and ants) might quietly lie in wait for spring. It is important to take preventative measures in preparation for spring, when termites, mosquitos, ants, and other pests emerge to feed and reproduce.
What happens to insects in winter?
Insects have various methods of surviving colder weather. Some take shelter, while others have evolved special techniques to make it through winter.
- Diapause (a form of hibernation with reduced activity and metabolism)
- Burrowing underground or inside logs or trees
- Adapted life cycles suited to the seasons, spending the winter as eggs, larvae, or nymphs, where they can hide from the cold and emerge in spring.
- Some may move into your home to stay warm
Common Pest Problems in Georgia Winters
During the winter, you might see squirrels, mice, rats, and raccoons searching for food and warmth in and around the home.
While more active in summer, cockroaches may enter the home for warmth during winter.
Spiders often seek the shelter of our homes when the weather gets cold.
Silverfish are common in winter. You may see them on ceilings or around the bathroom as they seek moisture.
Wasps may escape the cold in attics and eves.
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