It is that time in St. George, the time of year when we actually use our furnace. The pests that infest our home do not have the luxury of HVAC technology so they infest our home to stay warm. From November to February, Southwest Exterminators receives calls from DIY’ers (Do It Yourselfers) in pest control. These people do not understand why they are seeing bugs right before Christmas.
You can call us anytime for all your pest control needs but winter begs the question, how do the bugs survive the winter?
Insect pests in St. George have devised ways to stay warm during the frigid tundra of a southern Utah winter. In St. George most pests go dormant. This state is also known as, diapauses. Pests that spend the winter in a dormancy phase can easily withstand our winters. It is important to note that St. George insects do not hibernate.
St. George insects that go dormant for the winter fit into two classes: freeze-susceptible and freeze tolerant.
Freeze-susceptible insect pests avoid freezing by depending on antifreeze compounds, called cryoprotectants, to cool body fluids and tissues above their freezing point.
Freeze-tolerant insect pests do not really freeze. The fluid which surrounds their cells will freeze. This process forces water out of the living cells thus lowering the freezing point even further.
Freeze-tolerant insects aren’t necessarily more cold tolerant than freeze-susceptible insects. Each class of insects just has its own unique survival strategy.
The important thing to note is that pests are present in St. George year round. If you have noticed any pest presence around your home or office please feel free to contact us at 435-628-2700.