The Great Indoor Migration: How to Protect Your Home from Winter Pests


Robin Mountjoy

December 12, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about what (or who) might be living inside your walls this winter? Although it sounds like the plot of a bad horror film, the reality is that pests like to take up residence inside your warm house walls during the cold months of the year and then re-emerge, phoenix-like, to wreak havoc on your home in the spring.

Why does this happen, and what can you do about it?

Pests Don’t Like the Cold, Either

Common pests like ants, cockroaches, and house spiders live for several years, so why do they seem to disappear in the wintertime? The answer is because, like us, pests thrive in warm weather. They live for the spring and summer months and hunker down when it starts to get cold. So even if you’re not seeing them during the winter months, chances are pretty good that these pests are alive and seeking warmth and food.

Rodents also try to escape the cold temperatures. Mice, rats, and even wildlife seek shelter during the winter months, often taking refuge inside walls, attics, and any indoor spaces they can find.

Survivor: Pest Edition

In order to get through the harsh winter months, pests employ a range of survival strategies. Certain pests, such as monarch butterflies and crop pests, migrate to warmer climates. Some insects overwinter as immature larvae, nymphs, eggs, or pupae. Others hibernate as adults. The pests in this category include ladybugs, large wasps, honeybees, grasshoppers, beetles, and carpenter ants. Most pests are inactive during their winter hibernation, but if their nest is located in a heated part of your home, they’ll party all winter long!

Don’t Give Them a Way In

In order to avoid a wintertime pest problem, you need to become a detective and problem solver. Pests are incredibly resourceful: insects can drill holes through soft wood to find warmth, while mice can squeeze through dime-sized holes, and rats can fit through quarter-sized holes. That’s why it’s a good idea to don your Sherlock Holmes hat and take a walk around the perimeter of your home once the weather starts to cool.

You’re looking for entry points into your home so that you can seal them off. Cracks and holes, openings around pipes, and loose door jams are all potential entry points for insects and rodents. Spiders love to take up residence inside boxes in your garage, so make sure you carefully examine garage boxes – and the contents within them – before you take them inside.

If this sounds like an awful lot of work – and it is – you can let the experts at Connor’s help. We pride ourselves on our knack for problem solving, and we specialize in exclusion techniques to keep your home pest-free. When it comes to pest control, it’s important to treat the disease (the hive, nest, hole, or crack) in addition to the symptoms (that line of ants marching across your kitchen floor) in order to see lasting results.

Outsmart Pests with Year-Round Protection Plans

To guarantee your peace of mind in every season, sign up for one of our year-round pest protection plans. These plans feature individualized monitoring and maintenance as well as unlimited service visits from our expert pest control technicians. That way, instead of doing who-knows-what inside your house walls during the winter months, pests will be banished to the outdoors where they belong. Compare our pest control plans to find the year-round protection that works for you.