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5 Myths About Pests in the Winter

The winter months can be a little more challenging than usual when it comes to keeping your home pest-free. The colder temperatures outside can make it harder for bugs to find shelter and harder for them to survive. But the extended cold also means that there are fewer natural sources of warmth in our home—and that means that there’s less of a chance that any potential pests will find their way in as well. Or, at least, that’s what some people think. Here are a few common myths about pests during the winter:

1. Myth: Pests are less likely to be around in the winter

People sometimes believe that the winter months are a good time to get rid of pests, because less people are around then, and there’s less activity going on outside, so it’s less likely that pests will be around. This is really only true for certain pests—those that are most active in the summer when most people are at work, or school, or both. For most of the common pests, though, winter is actually a particularly good time for them—and for us. The cold weather can make it harder for pests to find shelter, and it can make it harder for them to find food, so they might be a bit more likely to find a place to hibernate than they would be if the weather was warmer. And because we tend to leave our homes less in the winter, they might be more likely to find their way into our homes.

2. Myth: Pests don’t like cold weather

This is definitely true of some pests—but it’s most likely not the majority of them. Many of the bugs that tend to make us miserable in the winter do just fine when the temperature drops. And many of the pests that are more common in the summer are actually less active in the winter. This can make winter a good time to get rid of some of your common pests without having to wait for the summer to do so.

3. Myth: Pests don’t like dampness

Many of the bugs that are more common in the winter are actually more active in the damp spaces of our homes. In fact, a lot of the common pests that are most active in the summer are actually less active in the winter—and often, less active in all seasons, since they tend to be more active when it’s warmer out.

4. Myth: Moths, cockroaches and other flying insects can’t survive the cold

This is actually another thing that some pests do—but it’s not the majority of them. Many of the critters that are most active in the winter are actually pretty happy to live in cold weather. And, as we already mentioned, many of the bugs that are most active in the summer are less active in the winter. This can make winter a good time to get rid of some of your common pests without having to wait for the summer to do so, too.

5. Myth: Rats and mice hibernate in the winter

Rats and mice do not hibernate during the winter months. You may be seeing less of them, but that is only because they are gearing up for summer by nesting and having babies. Many of the critters that are most active in the summer are actually pretty happy to live in cold weather. And, as we already mentioned, many of the bugs that are most active in the summer are less active in the winter. This can make winter a good time to double down on pest control, so you are dealing with less pests in the summertime.

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So, while the cold weather may make it harder for some pests to find shelter, it’s actually a great time to get rid of the ones that are less likely to be around, and less active, in the summer. Professional pest control can help prevent infestations year round and drastically decrease infestations in the summer when maintained throughout the winter. Contact Anver Pest Control today for a free home inspection!

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