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04/18/16

When there’s snow to shovel and bitter cold temperatures to weather, enduring winter sometimes seems a challenging task. But you make it through to spring, soon to bask in the warm sun on your shoulders and the smell of fresh flowers. You’re not alone in your ability to adapt to the cold weather. As you jump into the new season, you may notice a few extra pests, or “fall invaders,” crawling around. Here’s how they got there:

Winter Hibernation

Just when you thought the temperatures were cold enough to drive away the nuisance critters that bother your daily life, some pests were settling in for the season. Some insects, such as the monarch butterfly, are committed to flying thousands of miles south. This isn’t merely a routine — it’s a means of survival for the creatures that cannot survive the unsympathetic winters of northern climates. Others join the butterflies, but a common method of surviving the cold months is hibernation. Many choose not to make the long journey to a new climate, and will instead find ways to survive and winterize right where they are and reappear as fall invaders.

How They Survive

Thanks to an anti-freeze-like substance they produce in their bodies, some insects remain dormant through winter as larvae, eggs, and even adults. Honeybees have developed a system of clustering and insulating in order to stay warm and outlast cold temperatures. Cluster flies huddle together in hard-to-see places, while ladybugs and beetles make their way indoors to escape the looming chill. They’ll hide in the cracks in your walls, attics, and basements, as well as other places in and around your home. Even when they’ve settled down for a long winter’s nap, the critters could be in for an awakening if temperatures rise high enough for eggs to hatch. Suddenly, pests can come out of hibernation. The result? The creatures you thought had disappeared in the fall have resurfaced in the spring. These “fall invaders” have mastered the art of hibernation and often cause a stir among homeowners.

What You Can Do

It can be tough to exile hibernating insects from your home, especially when you don’t know where they’re hiding in the first place. Be sure to check up on your attic, basement, cupboards, outdoor spaces and structures for any pests hiding out. While you can’t turn back time, keep in mind these tips for next fall in order to prevent pests from entering. Seal all cracks and holes around your home, check your plumbing for leaks, contain your food and take other precautionary measures to avoid an invasion. If you do come in close contact with fall invaders in the spring, Plunkett’s Pest Control can help. Our technicians are trained and experienced in taking care of your pest problem. You can trust the experts who have been in the business for over 100 years. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service.


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