Common Pests in the Winter

As the weather gets colder, many people are getting ready for a few months of hunkering down in warm socks, jackets, and hats and trying to stay warm until the spring sunshine returns once again. Unfortunately, insects are doing the same thing.

As temperatures drop, many species of insects and rodents seek out warmth wherever they can find it, which often includes your home. As the seasons change, you can see pests begin to move, often taking up residence in your attic or basement.

Bugs You Might See During the Winter Months

Here in Southern Utah, our winters are relatively mild compared to the Salt Lake City area, but we still have a host of pests to keep an eye out for. Be aware of these different insects and rodents, and pay attention to any signs of them in your home.

  • Spiders. Spiders can be found inside your home during any time of the year, but more dangerous species like the black widow or brown recluse are typically more likely to be found inside during the winter months.
  • Cockroaches. Cockroaches carry disease, are notoriously difficult to kill, and multiply extremely quickly. They also can’t survive temperatures of less than 15 degrees Fahrenheit, making them likely to seek whatever refuge they can find indoors during the winter.
  • Ants. Ants are attracted to any available food items left out. They live in colonies, meaning that if you see one ant, there are likely many to follow.
  • Silverfish. These small bugs have a metallic-like appearance and move indoors to damp, cold places during the winter months. While they don’t pose a significant danger to humans, just one female can lay upwards of 3,500 eggs at once.
  • Boxelder Bugs. This Utah bug is similar to the stink bug due to the foul odor they emit when squished, but with one difference: they can bite. You don’t want to have these irritating insects in your home.
  • Beetles. Beetles are known for increasing in prevalence indoors during the winter months when they head inside in search of warmth. Although they’re not generally harmful to humans, they can congregate in large numbers and require a professional pest control response.
  • Termites. Termites can swarm your home in large numbers and continue reproducing until February. They’re known for chewing on wood structures and can pose a structural risk to your home.
  • Mice. Mice build nests in small, dark areas and reproduce quickly. They can cause extensive property damage by chewing through walls, electrical wires, and other home materials.
  • Rats. Rats are a serious problem that must be addressed quickly, as these rodents can spread dangerous diseases such as hantavirus and cowpox. Watch for signs such as droppings.

Avoid Winter Pest Infestations

If you suspect an infestation in your home of one of these or any other pest this winter, Nature’s Gate Sustainable Pest Control is the company to call. As Southern Utah natives, we’re familiar with all the bugs that live in the area and utilize advanced pest control methods to protect your home and eliminate the issue. Our solutions are eco-friendly and free from harmful chemicals that could harm your family, your pets, or the environment. Contact us today!