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No one likes having their home invaded by bugs and critters. No one likes hearing the skitter of cockroaches or finding that rodents have chewed holes through items stored in the pantry. No one likes having bugs crawling on everything, but when bugs and wildlife get into our homes, they do more than just drive us crazy. They can damage our homes, our belongings, and our keepsakes. They can also spread illnesses that can be mistaken for the common cold or flu. So, as we enter the fall season, most folks here in Northern Florida are starting to think about how to keep pests from getting into their homes when the temperatures drop. Well, there are two ways you can go.
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.
Just because we Floridians don't have to worry too much about overwintering pests because it is so mild here, doesn't mean we don't have to take precautions to keep bugs out in winter. We may not have the extreme cold, but in Northern Florida (or Georgia) it does get cold enough, at times, to drive bugs to look for a warmer places to live. And we do have more rain which drives pests indoors as well. As the water table rises, pests are driven out of the ground - pests such as ants, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, and rodents. The list goes on. However, there are some things homeowners can do to try to keep those pests out.
It can get really cold in Tallahassee… for bugs. There are some bugs that start to look for a place to hide when temperatures get below 50 degrees. This is because many bugs are cold-blooded. Creatures that are cold-blooded don't have the ability to regulate their temperatures like warm-blooded creatures do. They are the same temperature as the air or soil around them.