Do Bugs Die or Hibernate in the Winter? Where Do They Go?

Bugs and Winter Weather

Can bugs in the home still be a concern during the winter months?


The short answer to that question is yes, although bugs aren’t as prominent during colder months as they are during warmer months, you should still be aware of bugs in and around your home.


There are quite a few ways bugs survive during the winter. Although some insects migrate to warmer temperatures, other insects take advantage of the sleepy season.


  • Larvae: Wintertime is the perfect time for larvae to grow and mature. Some larvae can even protect themselves from the cold with an antifreeze-like layer over their body to keep warm.
  • Pupae: Bugs can also find protection from the cold by hanging out in cocoons during the winter. These bugs are often called “cocooning insects” because they use this strategy to get through the cold months. Once springtime hits, these insects emerge as adults from their cocoons.
  • Hibernation: Bugs hibernate too! Insects find perfect hibernating spots in the eaves and attics of your home. Many hibernating insects also form a glycerol antifreeze gel layer around their bodies to keep insulated during cold seasons.

So what does this mean for bugs in your home?

When spring comes, all of these insects are going to “thaw out” and start crawling out of their winter hiding spots. Insect eggs are going to hatch, too. Preventing winter bug issues will make your home less of a gathering place for insects in the springtime!


Winter Pest Control

Don’t leave pest control just for warmer weather!  When professional pest control treat your attic and other areas where bugs tend to migrate, eggs, larvae, and hibernating insects hiding out for the season are taken care of while they’re sitting more dormant during cool weather. Insects and eggs are killed before they get a chance to react to the warm weather and come out of hiding.
Spiders often lay their eggs during the winter months. Did you know somewhere between 500-1000 spiders hatch from one egg sac? A spider will wrap their egg sac during winter to protect it from the cooler temperatures. When the eggs hatch, the spiders are able to adapt to a variety of environments. Taking care of that potentially large problem during cold weather can help prevent spiders all around your home and property when it warms up!


What Now?

Preventive Pest Control can service your home any time of year. From warmer weather when insects are more active and visible to cooler weather when your unwelcome guests are sleeping dormant, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to get your winter pest control scheduled!