Ever wonder why you see fewer spiders in the winter in your home? You thought every bug in the world finds its way into the warmth of your cozy abode, but actually, fewer than five percent of the spiders you see indoors have ever been outdoors – and vice versa.
Putting a spider outside in the wintertime, as an ecologically-conscious home owner might do, is not the best decision to help that spider. Once it gets to be wintertime and consistently below freezing, exporting a house spider outside is pretty much a death sentence.
So, what happens to all those outdoor spiders in the winter? If most of them don’t seek shelter inside our homes, how do they survive the frigid winter months?
With more than 40,000 different spider species, found in just about every corner of the world in extremely cold and extremely warm temperatures, some will hibernate the whole way through winter. They’ll find a safe, sheltered area and remain inactive while the temperatures are too low.
But while some types of spider hibernate, others don’t. Some will enter a light form of hibernation known as diapause. Other species will remain active throughout winter and will continue to hunt, feed and forage. If the winter is incredibly mild, don’t be surprised to find many types of spiders skipping hibernation altogether.
Many spider species mate and produce their eggs starting in early fall. As temperatures begin to fall, these spider moms begin carefully choosing the places they lay their eggs. They prefer to lay eggs in hidden, dark and secluded locations like chimneys, downspouts or burrows.
Whether spiders are babies or fully mature adults, they have to undergo a process of cold hardening for winter survival. Spider eggs can’t survive being frozen so these arachnids have come up with different ways to stay alive during the winter months. Because they are cold-blooded, they adapt to the temperature in their surroundings and are able to change their body temperature without causing any harm.
Spiders do this by producing their own form of antifreeze when the temperatures start to drop. They’ll sense the change in weather and produce glycerol, or protein compounds, in their blood. Glycerol gives the insect body “supercooling” ability, allowing body fluids to drop below freezing points without causing ice damage. Glycerol also lowers the freezing point, making insects more cold-tolerant, and protects tissues and cells from damage during icy conditions in the environment. Spiders instinctively know to find shelter as it gets colder, such as piles of rocks, leaves or wood, or inside crevices in tree bark. Those small, sheltered places, combined with their antifreeze, keep them alive until spring, when their glycerol levels drop again.
Another kind of spider produces eggs in the spring. These spiders survive in the winter as young creatures. Once the winter ends, they mature, mate and produce eggs. This category includes wolf spiders, jumping spiders and running spiders.
So don’t fret about spiders having to live outdoors in the cold – they have adapted. It’s the indoor variety that likes the warmth of your home where there’s moisture and food. Spiders are excellent climbers, so they will infiltrate homes by climbing through gaps in windows, siding or roof shingles. Attics, basements, closets and dark pantries are all favorite spider haunts. They also like any place where they can continue catching prey. If you have other pest problems this winter, spiders will come looking to capitalize on them.
Cypress Creek Pest Control has been providing quality and dependable service to Houston homes, agencies, schools, and local businesses since 1968. We are one of the largest independently owned full-service pest control companies in the state of Texas.
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18:46 14 Nov 23
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18:12 04 Nov 23
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00:40 25 Oct 23
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17:31 24 Oct 23
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14:40 23 Oct 23
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I've enjoyed the professionalism of each and every technician that has been to my home. They have all offered good advice on pest management and have been easy to talk to. They have all been efficient and kind when servicing my home and yard. They all were more than happy to work with me regarding a koi pond that I once had that was oh-so-delicate in regards to the chemicals that the company uses.And I have found all of this to be reasonably priced. So much so, that when my family and I moved from Cypress to Fulshear, I was thrilled to find that they would service my new home. I've been a customer for almost 20 years now, and have had no urge to seek another pest control company. Highly recommend this group!
15:35 20 Oct 23
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I have been a loyal customer of Cypress Creek Pest Control since 2014, and my experience with them has been consistently outstanding. Over the years, they have provided a range of services for my home, including termite treatment, quarterly care, and closing up gaps to prevent rodents.One aspect of their service that I truly appreciate is their exceptional level of customer service. The company goes the extra mile to ensure that their customers are well-informed and satisfied. Their reminder system and the 30-minute before arrival calls are not only convenient but also demonstrate their commitment to punctuality and customer convenience.While the majority of their technicians are skilled and professional, there is one standout individual who deserves special mention: Glen. He has consistently delivered top-notch service. Glen is not only punctual but also incredibly kind and courteous. What sets him apart is his willingness to explain the procedures he is about to undertake and, once completed, he takes the time to show the areas he has corrected. This level of transparency and professionalism is truly commendable.I can confidently say that my experience with Cypress Creek Pest Control has been excellent, and Glen's exceptional service has made it even better. I look forward to continuing my business with them, particularly when Glen is assigned to the job. If you're in need of pest control services, I highly recommend giving Cypress Creek Pest Control a try as they consistently deliver top-notch service.
13:41 20 Oct 23
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15:17 19 Oct 23
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14:36 19 Oct 23
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11:55 16 Oct 23
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00:29 15 Oct 23
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00:24 15 Sep 23
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17:09 14 Sep 23
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Steve took time to answer my questions and pay attention to areas of concern.