Several pests remain active during the winter months, seeking shelter, warmth, and food sources indoors. Some of the pests that tend to be more active or problematic during winter include:
- Rodents (Mice and Rats): Rodents are notorious for seeking shelter indoors during colder months to escape the harsh weather. They can cause damage by chewing through wires, insulation, and food containers while also posing health risks due to their droppings.
- Cockroaches: Certain species of cockroaches, such as German cockroaches, can remain active throughout the year in heated indoor environments. They thrive in warm, humid conditions and can multiply quickly if not controlled.
- Spiders: While some spider species become less active in winter, others seek shelter indoors where they can continue their activities. They typically find their way indoors in search of prey and shelter from the cold.
- Ants: Some ant species, like carpenter ants and pharaoh ants, might continue to forage indoors during winter, especially if they find accessible food sources.
- Bed Bugs: Contrary to common belief, bed bugs are not deterred by cold weather and can remain active throughout the year. They infest indoor spaces and feed on human blood, making them a year-round concern.
- Stored Product Pests: Insects such as pantry beetles, flour beetles, and grain weevils can infest stored food items in homes or businesses during winter months.
While these pests may be more active indoors during winter, implementing preventive measures and regular inspections can help mitigate infestations and keep your home or property protected. Working with pest control professionals can also be beneficial in identifying and addressing pest issues during the colder months.