Have you ever noticed that during the winter time or colder periods, you just don’t see as many bugs crawling around outside or in your home? Perhaps they, like humans, tend to be homebodies when the temperature drops. Whatever the reason, you can be sure that when the weather starts to warm up, bugs will be back in force. There are several ways you can address problems with abundant insects, and a variety of Combat® products can help you win the battle.
During cold weather, bugs don’t hibernate, exactly, but many of them do go into a state of low respiration and activity called diapause. This dormant period is a time when their metabolic rate and the amount of oxygen they use are reduced to almost nothing. Bugs that are not able to find a warm place to wait out the winter use diapause instead. However, there still are plenty of insects that are happy to bide their time in the relative warmth of your home’s walls. They’ve been doing what they need to do to survive for millions of years, after all.
When the warmer weather returns, you will see a major change in the number of insects around your home and maybe even inside. Warm, dry weather is what bugs like best, although many of them need a plentiful water source to help them thrive as well. Insects are not able to generate their own body heat, so they rely on the warmth of the sun’s rays to keep going. Rainy weather can make it difficult for flying insects to get around, so they prefer a hot, dry climate. This is the reason there are very few bugs in perpetually cold places while warm regions will have a giant insect population.
If you are bothered by the number of insects you find roaming or flying around your home during periods of warm weather, there are plenty of tools that can help. Combat® offers a full range of baits and gels that target cockroaches, roach nests, ants and entire ant colonies. These products are safe to use in the home and offers a solution for your household pest control needs when the sun comes out.
Of course, the best way to avoid insect problems in any weather is to prevent them in the first place. Check out our Prevention Tips to keep pests out of your home.