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Reasons Pests Survive the New York Winter

When you live in a place like Westchester or Yonkers New York, you're probably wondering why you'd need pest control in the winter.

You might wonder whether the snow and cold takes care of them. They don't show up, so they're probably gone, right?

If you have a professional service that treats your home regularly, you might wonder whether you want those winter services.

It's definitely worth getting those treatments, and we'll talk about why.

Pests Aren't Dead in Winter

It's pretty easy to look out the window in February and think that the pests must have left somehow, migrated, gone, or dead.

But then how do they come back if they're all gone? And if they migrated, why don't we see massive swarms of migrating insects in the fall?

The answer: They never left or died. All winter pests have a way to deal with the cold and snow, and that includes the pests that live in the areas of Westchester, Yonkers, New Rochelle, White Plains, Harrison, Yorktown Heights, Bedford Hills, Katonah, or Peekskill.

There are species, in fact, that survive on the North Pole year-round, including arachnids like spiders and ticks, and other insects like bees, flies, midges, and other arthropods, like lice, and more.

The Overwintering Pest

Plenty of domestic insects look for the warm cracks and crevices in your home and take advantage of the food and regular air temperatures.

Other pests have some pretty amazing ways to keep themselves alive in the cold

Insect Hibernation

Some insects will undergo their own form of hibernation, a state called diapause, which allows them to survive long periods when the environment isn't conducive to their survival.

Some insects go through diapause as an adult, like boxelder bugs, queen hornets, queen wasps, and stink bugs.

Some insects have found other ways to keep themselves going

Other Strategies of Overwintering Pests

Some pests, like mosquitoes, die in their adult stage before the winter comes. But they leave their eggs behind, which will survive the winter and hatch when the temperature, humidity, and water availability is just right.

Some insects survive in their pupal or larval stage because of the unique abilities that stage gives them.

Other insects simply change their body chemistry. Because the water in their bodies freezes, they replace their body water with glycerol, which acts as antifreeze and allows them to survive the winter, either in diapause or in an active state.

Just Ask the Professionals

Ronnie Wright has been in the industry for 25 years, and is one of Fox Pest Control's branch leaders.

He offered some advice for homeowners when it comes to pest control during the winter.

"Pests come in all seasons," he says. "Just because it's wintertime and there's snow on the ground doesn't mean that it's going to be thirty degrees next week. It could be sixty degrees next week. That's going to [affect] the biology of the insect … and you could have an issue …"

Depending on the temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure, some pests can be activated from diapause and crawl around the house.

Ronnie continues: "So any time you have a pest control contract with a company, you need to take full advantage of it and get the services done on a regular basis. If a reservice is needed, go ahead and get the reservice done."

Fox Treatments Prevent Spring Pests

The products used by Fox Pest Control for winter treatments can and will improve the spring pest situation in and around your home.

Years of research have gone into the winter treatments to make them as effective as possible.

Winter treatments leave a residue around the house that isn't taken away by wind or water. Plus, it doesn't affect anything without an exoskeleton, to you, your children, the elderly, dogs or cats or birds, and everyone you love are safe.

Plus, getting these treatments can be a benefit during the winter, not just pre-emptive for the springtime. If pests activate for some reason in the middle of winter, the treatment is already in place and will get rid of the early-bird pests.

Winter treatments target rodents

Not only that, but winter treatments can target specific pests, like rodents.

Rodents are a problem year-round, no matter the time of year or the amount of snow on the ground.

So even if you aren't seeing the little insect pests, there are a few others that are just as disgusting and unwanted that are waiting to invade your home.

Call Fox Pest Control

No matter the time of year, Fox has the tools and experience to help you with your pest situation.

Don't hesitate to call today. If you call before 2 pm, you could receive service the same day.

We get the job done right the first time, because no bugs is simply better.

Posted on February 12, 2020.

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