Winter is near and with that comes a number of insects that will begin making their way into our homes. Some of the more surprising winter bugs that we could expect to find in our homes throughout the colder months are ladybirds and cockroaches.
Despite being most prevalent throughout spring and summer creepy crawlies tend to seek shelter in toasty British homes this winter.
Brits need to be aware that there won’t be just one bug going around their house when the weather worsens. In a winter cold, expect there to be other insects that could be lurking in your living room.
Did you know that when the temperature drops, all those autumn critters don’t simply disappear or pass away? They rather hide or hibernate indoors.
Considering that many bugs prefer cosy carpets to rooms with cold wood or hard floors, it is no wonder why they prefer to stay indoors. Basements, cellars and lofts can also be particularly attractive to smaller winter creatures thanks to their potential dampness and range of hiding places. When a home has lots of windows and doors, it will be another big plus for insects who like the freedom to move around.
Whilst any standing water may prove a bug magnet. Cool but brighter white light is more likely to attract some of the common winter bugs than warmer but dimmer yellow light.
The Winter Bugs
We’ve heard many keen British gardeners ask, where do all the bugs and insects go during the cold winter? Well, they can’t migrate south like some birds. But still, need to seek out warmth and shelter to survive our rubbish weather.
Fortunately for the bugs, they have plenty of perfect homes to choose from within houses on every British street. Most insects love little hiding places, like holes in walls, or the corners of lofts or cellars, which provide the dampness and darkness they’re looking for.
Measures can be taken to stop a full-blown invasion, but it’s almost impossible to stop any house being visited by some of the creatures on our list.
Cockroaches are a classic summer pest, and they still want warm environments even during the winter. That’s why they’re huge fans of the central heating in our homes.
Seal gaps, clear away food waste, mop up any standing water and remove rubbish and clutter, to prevent a potential infestation.
These insects have been known to crawl into human ears, so watch out for these nocturnal bugs! During the day, Earwigs will seek out damp crevices in the UK walls and floors, or debris in cellars and lofts.
These little creatures love anywhere as long as it is damp and dark, and inside or out. That being said, most of the British houses will be able to provide a range of desirable homes for them.
In walls, basements, lofts and any poorly maintained rooms.
The heated UK homes can provide an attractive breeding environment for fleas that would otherwise lie dormant to stay active even through the worst of the winter.
Silverfishes like to eat paper, wallpaper and any associated glues, gums and pastes in books or walls. As well as some textiles and other insects remain.
This creature moves like a fish, hence the name, and can be particularly fond of scurrying around dark, empty bathrooms that aren’t completely dry.
Winter moths are unsurprisingly most active from November through to February and will be especially attracted to cool, bright white lights in our homes during the night.
Did you know that UK spider levels remain high into the start of December? It’s because when the cold-blooded creatures need to find a way to stave off the cold, where better than all the little nooks and crannies inside houses.
As the temperature drops in November, the seven-spot ladybirds will start to move into British homes. Typically seeking dark, warm spaces to hibernate through winter, though they may also enjoy houseplants.