In decades past, Midwestern winters have been bone-chillingly cold. However, several global factors, including climate change, are increasing the chances of milder winters. This means there’s less snow and fewer days of freezing temperatures. While you might love the idea of a warmer winter season, you probably don’t love the idea of dealing with more pests. So, let’s talk about how warmer winters affect pests, and how Lawn Plus Pest Control Services can help!

How a Warm Winter Affects Pests

Less Hibernation

Many pests enter their hibernation phases during the colder months to conserve energy. While they still have to awaken from time to time to eat, their activities are limited; thus, you may not even notice them. However, warmer winters mean sunnier days, which wakes these pests up earlier than usual. The sun gives them the energy to go out and hunt for food, and the warm weather means they won’t freeze. As a result, you’re more likely to see them and witness their unusual winter behavior. 


Most pests that enter your home are cold-blooded, which means they rely on the sun or other external heat sources. Thus, with winters turning milder, you’re more likely to find pests sunbathing during the day. Under these circumstances, you’re more likely to witness more stinkbugs, boxelder bugs, lady beetles, and even garter snakes sunning before they head back to their winter hideaways. 

Faster Growth

During frigid winters, insects and rodent lifespans are predictable and manageable. However, these warmer winters are throwing these lifecycles off and speeding them up. The more heat and food these pests have, the faster they can reproduce throughout the year. So, before you assume you’ve seen the last cockroach for the winter, you might want to think again. 

We’ll Take Care of Those Winter Pests

Dealing with pests any time of the year isn’t fun, especially during the winter. You’d think that any time of cold weather would scare these insects, rodents, and reptiles into hiding. However, we’re finding out that this is not the case, especially with warmer winters. So, if you’re looking for a way to keep cockroaches, ants, and rodents out of your home in Cincinnati, OH, this winter, give Lawn Plus Pest Control Services a call. Contact us today at (513) 296-7378