Bugs, in a way, are like bills - consistent, annoying, and financially draining. While it’s easy to assume that bugs will simply disappear the second the first leaf of autumn falls, bugs (like bills) always manage to find their way into my house.
Despite the amount of mosquito traps, indoor fly traps, and gnat killer I placed in my home, it never seemed to work. I had gotten to a point where it almost seemed hopeless. If the icy hand of winter isn’t going to kill them, I thought, what will??
I’ll tell you what will kill those pests. Creative thinking, hard work, and some do it yourself pest control. Or, if you don’t want to do all that work, simply buy a Katchy indoor insect trap for guaranteed winter pest control success.
We’re going to go over everything you need to know to tackle your infestation: learning about how bugs manage to survive the brisk winter air, which bugs thrive in said brisk winter air, and finally, the best ways to pest-proof your home. Once you’re done reading this article, I promise you’re going to be a pro of preventive pest control!
How Do Bugs Survive the Winter?
“Bears and bugs go hand in hand” - Proverb I Did Not Just Make Up
Shockingly enough, bears and bugs do have something in common - hibernation (or diapause)! Many types of insects will simply go to sleep and wait the winter out, which is a trait I envy. Other bugs migrate, which I would do if I had the means.
However, some bugs are built for winter. Thanks to compounds in their bodies called cryoprotectants, which are sorta similar to antifreeze. This allows many of these bugs to not only survive, but THRIVE in the winter weather.
So, let’s find out which bugs thrive, and what kind of bug control we might need to prevent them.
What Kind of Bugs Come Out in the Winter?
- Termites. These winter insects can hang around until February.
- Bedbugs. Not only do these bugs thrive in winter, they are almost impossible to get rid of!
- Ants. Ants are versatile, can survive in the winter, and come into your home via cracks looking for food.
- Beetles. Beetles will specifically look for warmth in your home, and invade without asking! Very rude.
- Stink bugs. YUCK! If you see one, don’t step on it. They don’t like winter weather, but love vegetation. Watch out if you're keeping pumpkins or other fruits out in your home.
- Cockroaches. These bugs can survive nuclear war, but not temperatures under 15 degrees. That’s why they’re trying to get all up in your business.
Which Bugs Can Live in Your Home in the Winter?
Chances are, you probably already know this, because you’re reading this article looking for bug control help. Bugs like Gnats, moths, flies, even mosquitos can thrive in your home, even in the winter.
So, want to know how to keep bugs out of your house? Here are the best, most cost-effective ways:
How Do You Pest Proof Your Home?
- Seal up your doors. Check your door right now. See any tiny cracks? To a bug, those are massive entryways. Seal them up with a sturdy aluminum or steel threshold underneath your door for better protection. This can also help to keep your home insulated! Bye-bye, huge heating bill!
- Add screens to your windows. On nice cool days, it might be tempting to open a window. So you do, and afterwards you find yourself asking “why are there so many flies in my house??” Well, that’s how. And the solution is putting some cheap screens on your windows. It makes all the difference.
- Seal up any cracks or holes in your house with sealant or caulk. No chance any bugs are getting through that! Look under your sink and by your windows to find any extra holes.
So, you’re done pest-proofing (and winterizing) your house. But, you already have bugs. What do you do then? This is where the Katchy indoor insect trap comes in.
How Do You Use Katchy?
Katchy acts as an indoor fly trap, gnat trap, and honestly, a trap for any small insect. Not only is it super effective, it takes only 3 steps to use:
- Place the trap somewhere dry and close to a power source. It’s powered by a standard plug, but you can also use a USB port! Be sure to place this sticky fly trap wherever you’re seeing the most activity.
- Insert your glue trap at the bottom of the device. Both our manual and automatic reusable fly traps come with 4 Katchy glue boards, but if you’ve run out, you can restock here!
- Plug in and turn on your Katchy indoor Insect trap! That’s it! Easy, right? Be sure to turn this indoor mosquito killer on somewhere dark, as the UV light is what attracts flies and other bugs and works best with no competing light sources.
Does Katchy Work During the Day?
Not typically. You can use them during the day if you’d like, but the UV light in our Katchy indoor insect trap works best in the dark with no other competing light source. If you want to use them during the day, try to cover up the windows or turn off the lights in that room. You still may find it doesn’t work quite as well, however.
Can Katchy Be Used Outdoors?
No. Our traps are a great way to get rid of gnats and other small bugs in your home, but won’t be effective outdoors. They have a general effective coverage area of about 320 square feet.
Whether you end up choosing the manual or automatic indoor fly traps, you’ll see results in no time. If you’re looking for restocks or need some more traps for larger rooms, check out our website and get ready for a bug-free life!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor