Where Do Termites and Other Tennessee Bugs Go In Winter?

Here in Jackson, Tennessee, we have a lot of annoying and destructive insects from mosquitoes to termites. Thankfully, in the winter these pests go away and we have three to four months of not worrying about them. But have you ever wondered where insects like termites go in the winter? Do they die, do they hibernate, or do they migrate? If you have ever been curious as to where insects go in the winter, keep reading to find out.

How Do Bugs Survive The Winter?mosquito on a leaf

When winter arrives, the cold temperatures usually spell doom for most insects. Insects are exothermic, which means they can’t control their own body temperatures and depend on the outside temperature to keep them warm. In order to survive the harsh Jackson, Tennessee winters, insects have developed several methods to adapt to the winter weather.

The first method is migration. Many insects, like birds, head south for the winter to warmer climates. If you remember elementary school science classes, the monarch is one of these insects that migrates for the winter. In the spring, the monarchs head back north to reproduce. Other insects do die off but they return in the spring when they migrate from southern states. 

Another method insects have developed to survive the winter is changing their body chemistry. To understand this let’s first take a look at what causes insects to perish in the winter in the first place. Because insects can’t control their body temperature, when the temperature drops it causes ice crystals to form in their cells, causing them to burst. Yet some insects have evolved to survive the winter. Insects with this evolutionary perk produce an anti-freezing protein that prevents their organs and bodily fluids from freezing. The antifreeze-like proteins lower the freezing point of bodily fluids which prevents the formation of ice crystals. 

The third method of survival is to escape cold temperatures without migrating. Many insects start to search for warm places to overwinter starting in the fall. They look for places like tree stumps, rotting logs, and inside buildings and homes. Termites also can survive the winter inside your home or deep underground in most cases. When the weather gets colder, termites dig deeper into the ground, where temperatures remain warmer. Some termite colonies have been found 40 inches below ground. 

Where Do Mosquitoes Go In Winter?

Here in Jackson, Tennessee, there are about 40 species of mosquito and a number of them are known to carry a number of mosquito-borne diseases including; yellow fever, dengue fever, Chikungunya fever, West Nile virus, and malaria.

When temperatures dip below 50 degrees in the fall it starts to get too cold for mosquitoes to tolerate. Some mosquitoes simply die off, leaving their eggs to hatch in the spring. Then there are some mosquitoes that hibernate. Some mosquito hibernating spots include hollow logs, leaf litter, animal burrows, and along frozen river banks. Even if water freezes, eggs contained within can still survive and hatch when warm temperatures return. There are even species of mosquitoes that can survive as eggs in dry conditions for years until water returns.mosquito between leaves

Dealing With Termites In Your Jackson, Tennessee Home This Winter

Subterranean termites living in the soil around the foundation of your home and can enter through exposed wood or by constructing mud tunnels up the side of your home until they find an entrance. Termites that live near the foundation of your home, or already are living inside your home, will not hibernate for the winter and will remain active. Termites can cause excessive damage to your home so it is important to spot them before they cause too much damage. Termites feed on wood twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. At that rate, they can cause severe structural damage to your home or business in a very short amount of time. 

To prevent subterranean termites from making nests close to your house make sure the soil is dry by ensuring that your downspouts are operating correctly. Keep firewood and leaf debris 20 feet away from your home and if you bring firewood inside, burn it immediately. Firewood is one of the easier ways termites can make their way into your home. 

For the Ultimate Pest Control, Call The Professionals At Okeena Pest Control

If you are having problems with termites or other pests in your Jackson, Tennessee yard or home then call the pest control experts at Okeena Pest Control. We offer a wide range of pest control services to keep you and your family safe and healthy including wasp control, duct cleaning, and termite control

Call us today and we will send out one of our trained teams to assess your situation. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us at 731-285-4982 or leave us a message online. You can also connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and don’t forget to check out our blog for more tips and tricks.