Survival strategies of some common pests we see at homes


Although you experience minor pest problems in winter, it will be a mistake to think that it is a result of pests dying in the cold season. Very much like humans, birds, and animals, pests too have their ways of surviving harsh climates only to come back at favorable times. Like reptiles and bears that hibernate in winter and birds that migrate south to avoid the cold climate, pests also adopt different techniques to pass the difficult times without any harm. This is the reason that ProForce Pest Control Company advises year round pest control services. You must never relax in fighting pests but must maintain a sustained campaign to keep it under control so that you enjoy a healthy living environment at home. As you read along, you come to know how some pests survive in winter.


The insect that has survived for millions of years knows the best techniques to adapt to various conditions. Warm and moist conditions are most favorable for cockroaches, and naturally, the question arises – how do they manage to stay alive in winter?  They move to places inside the house that are conducive for living. Kitchens and bathrooms are the chosen places for cockroaches in winter because they find a humid and warm environment along with easy accessibility to foods. When it gets warmer, they move outside.


Do you remember seeing an army of ants running in winter? Surely not because winter is the time when ants keep away from moving around and stay put in their homes without worrying about food. They take shelter in the yards on the ground and under rocks where they idle away their time surviving on the fat accumulated from excess food intake during the fall. The food stored inside their bodies allow them to pass the winter weeks without any problems. These overwintering sites are safe havens for ants in winter that make an entry on the surface once again when spring arrives.


Different species of termites have different ways of survival in winter that also depends on the climatic condition in which they live. Dry wood termites make home inside dry wood in winter for survival.  Going deep into the soil to stay warm is the technique followed by subterranean termites. As springtime approaches and it starts warming, and the temperature touches 70oF, swarms of termites come out from the shelters in search of a new nesting place where they meet their mates.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs do not have to work for survival in winter because our homes provide the perfect living environment even in the cold months.  These insects have tremendous ability to cope up with temperatures up to 122oF but find it hard to live when temperatures drop to 32oF or lower. Since such low temperatures never happen in homes, bed bugs are usually unaffected in winter and are active throughout the year.

Armed with this information, it will be easy for you to draw plans for defending your home against pests in winter.

About the author: Bobby Anderson is a home improvement expert. He had been associated with ProForce Pest Control Company in Raleigh NC and is now engaged in consulting services through the firm that he has set up. He is fond of flying and possesses a pilot’s license too.




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