On the one hand, the end of summer means an end to beautiful weather and vacation season and days at the pool, but on the other hand, the end of summer also means that many of the peskiest insects in the country simply go away. Cockroaches, for example, seem to simply disappear the minute the weather turns cool and then don’t show up again until the spring.
For those concerned about roach control, keeping these roaches away during the cold season is a blessing. However, they don’t simply disappear in actuality. They have to go somewhere during the winter season. The question is, where?
What Happens to Roaches During the Winter Season?
Generally speaking, cockroaches do their breeding during the summer months because they obviously prefer warmer weather, but once autumn hits and the weather drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, most roaches die off en masse.
Not all roaches die during this time, however. The nymphs enter a state of dormancy called diapause once autumn sets in. During this time, their metabolic rate slows and their growth stops completely. By spring, they stretch out from their winter naps and mature into adults, at which point they immediately continue breeding and proliferating the life cycle of their species.
In other words, they become active in the spring, breed in the summer, and go dormant in the late fall and throughout the winter. Their inactivity during cold weather is just a product of their life cycle.
Then Why Do I Still See Roaches Inside During the Winter?
Despite this, the professionals at Action Pest Exterminating still receive calls for cockroach control throughout the winter because these roaches find their way into warm buildings, allowing them to continue living and breeding indoors even though it’s winter outside.
If you would like to and keep these winter roaches at bay, you can try some of the following approaches:
#1 Call Pest Control Services
The easiest way to get rid of pests is to call pest control services, which we obviously offer here at Action Pest Exterminating. We’ll get rid of the roaches quickly, safely, and efficiently.
#2 Keep Your Sink Clean
Don’t leave dirty dishes or food scraps in your sink overnight, as that can attract roaches, especially during the cold season when food is harder for them to come by.
#3 Store Food in Sealed Containers
Roaches are great at finding their way into places they shouldn’t be, and that includes your food. Storing that food in closed containers is one of the easiest ways to keep them out.
#4 Empty the Trash
Don’t let your garbage cans get too full, and try to use a trash can that seals so the roaches can’t get inside in the first place.
Doing these things will keep your house free from roaches, even in the winter time when they aren’t supposed to be bothering you. As always, if you are having any problems with these pesky insects regardless of the outside temperature, give us a call and we will help to exterminate any roaches that may be giving you trouble this winter.