How are Some Bugs Able to Survive the Winter?

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Many of us breathe a sigh of relief once summer turns into fall, looking forward to seasons without being plagued by pests. But did you know that many species of insects survive the cold months, ready to emerge once the weather becomes warmer? In this article we’ll look at which insects can survive the winter.

  • European Honey Bees: European Honey Bees are hive-builders, and the homes they create are able to sustain these insects through winter, providing warmth and shelter.
  • Asian Lady Beetles: Asian Lady Beetles are the lodgers of the insect world, surviving winter by finding shelter in either empty hives or nests or man made structures. They keep themselves in group to help them to stay warm.
  • Northern House Mosquitos: This type of mosquito is a hardy survivor and can live in harsh weather conditions such as the cold of winter. To do this, it seeks out places of safety that are humid, allowing it to stay safe and warm.
  • Bean Leaf Beetles: Bean Leaf Beetles can survive in a variety of ways. Each individual critter is different, choosing their own spot amidst leaves under layers of snow. 
  • Japanese Beetles: Japanese beetles will dig deeply into the ground to survive the winter, burrowing below the snow and leaves and into the warmth of the soil.
  • Codling Moths: While they may appear fragile at first, this species of moth can last through the coldest of winters by hiding under the bark of trees.
  • Emerald Ash Borers: Emerald Ash Borers will prepare for winter at the first sign of cold, picking the perfect cozy spot to help them survive. Like the Codling Moths, they particularly like hiding under bark.
  • Mountain Pine Beetles: Like both Codling Moth and the Emerald Ash Borers, these beetles will hide under tree bark where possible. They are also more designed to survive in winter, and can live through temperatures of -31 °F.
  • Gypsy Moths: These moths also like tree bark, but will settle on its surface instead of underneath it. 
  • Forest Tent Caterpillars: Like the Gypsy Moth, Forest Tent Caterpillars can live through winter by sticking themselves to the surface of tree bark. They are only at risk of dying if temperatures drop below -22 °F.
  • Soybean Aphids: Soybean Aphids like a variety of spots to survive the winter, often choosing buckthorn, plant buds, and tree bark. 
  • Goldenrod Gall Flies: As their name might suggest, these flies make their shelter out of goldenrods, hiding in the stems until the weather warms.

Once the weather warms again, these bugs will come from their hiding places, and homeowners will need to be alert for any signs of infestation that may have occurred and gone unnoticed in the winter months. Calling pest control professionals as soon as an infestation is suspected can help prevent large amounts of damage being caused to homes or property.  

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