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.
Our technician was Danny. He did the most thorough job we have had so far with the company. We will ask for him again next time!!
21:18 27 Jan 23
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23:09 25 Jan 23
They are very responsible with their service and if you still have a problem they go back and fix it.
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18:29 23 Jan 23
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18:14 23 Jan 23
I can sit outdoors because of the great service Cypress Creek Pest Control provides. Their quarterly service keeps me pest free.
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14:46 20 Jan 23
We have used Cy Creek PC for about 16 years. We are very satisfied with the service. They are always prompt and professional and there is always good communication from the office and the technicians. They are easy to work with if I have to change an appointment and I would not use anyone else.
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Exterminator made sure all areas of my house were sprayed. Also asked if I had any issues before starting to confirm where/ what to focus on. Very nice guy and knowledgeable
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15:21 17 Jan 23
Great service for Pest Control! All their technicians are very professional. There was an issue where one of the techs caused damage to my home and CCPC sent out someone (Daniel) who was extremely professional, remedied the situation, and explained to me the long term fix as well. Great company & great staff.
16:32 12 Jan 23
Joel was very respectful of our home and did a great job. Good exterminator company.
16:19 12 Jan 23
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Daniel was very knowledgeable and professional. We saw improvement the very same day and we’re very appreciative!
Larry Donnell Leonard
22:38 06 Jan 23
Daniel was very knowledgeable and professional
17:35 06 Jan 23
I use this company to do quarterly in-house and outdoor spraying...have called on them for over 15 years. No bugs of any kind. And if an occasional insect makes it into the house, I know because they turn up dead. Good company.
17:30 06 Jan 23
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06:56 06 Jan 23
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02:25 06 Jan 23
I ordered for healthy home service. First time didn’t really remove a spider net I mentioned, so I contacted them again and they were very responsive, they came back and helped to remove the net right away which was really helpful. They are good price, good service so far. I already recommended to friends.
00:01 06 Jan 23
I went and got myself a nasty case of roof rats that took over my attic after a new roof was installed and gaps weren’t properly sealed by the roofers.A day of inspecting access points, sealing up entry holes, caulking up around seams, and 10 traps later, we have ourselves a fortified house and bagged two hefty roof rats. Instant results. Definitely would recommend.
23:33 05 Jan 23
Cypress Creek was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so grateful they were! After my very first treatment I saw a few bugs that came out of the woodwork trying to flee, as is normal. Since that initial time 6+ months ago I haven’t seen any pests! They are wonderful. They additionally spotted a wasp forming a nest on my porch in their first visit and promptly removed the but of nest created at that point.They are prompt, communicative, and great at what they do!
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Mike was awesome!!
16:06 19 Dec 22
Eddie Luza was a very professional person and he explained everything we needed to know in detail. Thanks Eddie for your great customer service.
15:55 19 Dec 22
Quarterly Service. The technician was very professional . He seemed very happy in his hob
21:19 13 Dec 22
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20:33 13 Dec 22
Excellent service. Commercial and residential.
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20:39 12 Dec 22
Great company. Very reliable. Have seen no bugs, ants or any pests since using their services.
19:30 09 Dec 22
Monthly pest control. Very comfortable with these guys. So friendly and honest! Love working with them. Reliable product and fabulous service!!!!!
23:08 08 Dec 22
On time, professional
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18:49 06 Dec 22
I had a very pleasant experience. The technician was on time and very professional. He explained what he did and what I will need in the future. Being new to town he was very helpful.
18:23 06 Dec 22
Joel did a great, thorough job on my inspection. He was also pleasant & professional. Thank you!
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20:45 05 Dec 22
Cypress Creek Pest Control provided prompt and courteous service. A technician was quickly dispatched to set-up a live trap and our problem critter was relocated to a better environment. We called back a couple of days later because we trapped another unwanted guest and Cypress Creek Pest Control quickly came and relocated the critter and returned our trap. Super easy to deal with, will gladly call them again, if necessary.
20:10 05 Dec 22
Used them for years, terrific staff and wonderful work done. I've recommended them to a handful of friends since we started using them!
20:16 02 Dec 22
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21:44 01 Dec 22
I’m pleased with the service but was not pleased with a message left on my phone insinuating that I had not paid for the service. This was wrong because I paid with a check as soon as the service was done.
16:09 01 Dec 22
Cypress Creek Pest Control has phenomenal customer service and professionalism! There is a high level of knowledge, follow through and the communication is extraordinary.The entire staff I have encountered so far which is Edward, Daniel and Lisa have been amazing. The transparency and support is much appreciated through this challenging process my family and I have endured. I’m beyond happy with my decision to make this company a part of our pest control needs!!
15:41 23 Nov 22
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14:55 23 Nov 22
The technician is Very professional and very considerate about the condition