Florida is a long state, and the further you go down, the warmer it stays throughout the winter. This makes it more likely that pests will stay active all year long in Miami, as opposed to Jacksonville where temperatures can dip into the twenties and there is even a very small chance for snow covering. However, with lower temperatures comes a different problem. A little something we call overwintering.
When temperatures drop, bugs and wildlife look for a place to hide. Now, for critters like the stink bug who will seek shelter when temperatures dip into the 60s, this isn't too big of a problem. Stink bugs are mostly an irritation; but cold temperatures drive other creatures inside that pose a real threat. Here is our short list of the most common winter pests you should be watching out for.
Cockroaches. We see more cockroaches invading homes in the winter for two reasons. The first is an increase in holiday parties that creates more food sources to entice these creatures to move in and stay. Winter temperatures are also a factor. The cockroach is a cold-blooded creature that is not able to regulate its own temperature. If temperatures drop to an uncomfortable level, they will be motivated to look for a warmer place to be. This can be a real problem for homeowners because cockroaches aren't just disgusting, they are common carriers of disease and harmful bacteria.
Rats and Mice. These rodents are always looking for a way to get into homes and businesses, but cooler temperatures will give them more incentive. Since they do not hibernate, they will stay active when they get inside spreading illness and parasites and damaging wiring.
Silverfish. Winter is when we see this pest most. Like the cockroach, silverfish are cold-blooded creatures and are driven to find warm places when temperatures become uncomfortable. These creatures love moisture, so you will find them in places inside your home that are damp. Though, not a major threat, these little pests can chew photos, important documents, and deface important keepsakes.
Ticks. Though the tick is not considered to be an overwintering pest, these bugs can be a problem if you have outdoor plants you bring inside for the winter. As vectors for Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, it is important to make sure your plants are tick-free.
As you can see, humans aren't the only creatures that overwinter in Florida. If you see these or any other pests appearing in places they shouldn't be in, consider contacting us. At McCall Service, we have a track record of protecting Florida homes from pests all year round. Give professional pest services a try and see what a difference it makes.