Top 3 Winter Pests In Missouri

Rats, mice, ants, spiders, and other pests are frequently thought of during spring and summer months. Why not during winter months? Almost all household insects are cold-blooded meaning they die off as winter draws near or they will go into hibernation away from the colder weather. However, there are three common insects that remain active throughout Missouri and most of the United States all year long. Bed bugs and ticks will still bite during winter as you sleep or come into contact with one of them. Fleas will remain throughout the year inside. 

For this week’s post, we will look at the top 3 winter pests in Missouri. The top 3 we chose this week are actually active year-round but may increase their in population or activity inside of your home during colder months.

1. Cockroaches

Cockroaches will adapt and have to almost all types of weather. These pests are more common in warmer regions but can and will thrive anywhere be it warmer or cooler months. While you will most likely never see a cockroach crawling across the snow you will find them highly active indoors.

During the winter months, cockroaches, if let go, will breed at a startling rate quickly taking over a kitchen or bathroom.

2. Spiders

Spiders are active all year long even when temperatures fall below freezing. Most food sources have died off or went into hibernation causing spiders to become more active this time of year. Spiders begin searching for warmer areas in your home while moving around more frequently in search of other sources of food.

3. Silverfish

Silverfish aren other species of pest highly active during the winter. They prefer cool, damp places to hide. Silverfish activity increases in areas like the basement, attic and bathrooms where it’s dark. They also increase their populations during the winter. Paper products are areas one concern as most silverfish problems occur from bringing these types of materials inside your home. 

Silverfish may enter your home from packages being delivered, holiday gifts and more.

While most pest problems are more common in the summer, there are winter pest control issues homeowners must consider.  Winter pests are always in search of a food source and warmth.

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