Just where do bugs go during the winter months? Some bugs migrate to warmer climates during the winter months; some hibernate, while others are learning to stick out the cold months thanks to global warming. Bugs have a variety of ways of surviving the winter months.
Often times spiders, insects and all types of arthropods will resort to “invasion” in order to avoid succumbing to the harsh winter cold. Lady Bugs and box elder bugs are common for their dependence on human dwellings for survival during colder months.
Honeybee’s, on the other hand make use of a survival method known as “activation.” During the colder months bees will expend more energy to keep themselves warm. The bees are able to produce the extra heat by eating honey in excess. This results in a longer functioning metabolism that can adapt to the body’s demand to warm itself. Of course more and more spiders and insects are surviving just fine outdoors as a result of climate change, but it is still not the preferred method of winter survival among arthropods.
Do you see more bugs in your home during the later fall and winter months?