These 3 Winter Bugs Hope to Call Your House Home This Season

The weather outside is frightful, and so these winter bugs want to scurry into your house. Here’s what to look out for when it’s cold outside.

Over 900,000 species of insects have been discovered worldwide, and scientists agree that we’re not even halfway done. Many agree that we’ve identified about 1/5th of all insect species.

With so many insects in the world, it’s no wonder that some of them seem to enjoy living in people’s homes. This is a common behavior of winter bugs.

The good news is that the vast majority of insects and arachnids in the US aren’t dangerous, and some are even helpful. However, many of them can be annoying.

We’ll talk about some of the biggest winter bugs in the paragraphs below.

1. Spiders

Technically, spiders aren’t insects. In most cases, they aren’t a problem, either.

On rare occasions, you may have a brown recluse or black widow hiding somewhere, but this isn’t common. Unless you have a relative who’s allergic to spider bites, most spiders aren’t an issue.

Many spiders are even beneficial. They eat a lot of the insects that we would think of as pests, such as cockroaches and mosquitoes. This may be one of the fewer winter bugs you do want to have around.

However, if you happen to have a dangerous spider in your house, or would just prefer not to be around spiders, there are ways to get them out.

2. Cockroaches

There’s not much to say here. Unlike spiders, there’s no real benefit to having cockroaches in your house. Not only will cockroaches steal food and infest your home,  they can also leave dangerous bacteria that cause disease.

Among these diseases are some of humanity’s most serious, such as cholera, dysentery, leprosy, and plague, among many others. This is because the insects are known to carry bacteria such as E. coli and those responsible for staph and strep.

Cockroaches are never fun, and you need to deal with them as soon as you can.

3. Japanese Lady Beetles

Japanese Lady Beetles can be pests, but can also be beneficial. They tend to congregate in warm areas, and we mean that in the truest sense.

If you’re not paying attention, you may wake up one day to find a hundred of them dead in a lamp or a candle. They also leave an unpleasant smell and a yellowish goo if they’re hurt or agitated.

On the other hand, they’re a lot like ladybugs in that they’ll kill and eat many of the pests in your garden. If you have a few house plants, Lady Beetles may be okay in the winter.

In most cases, though, it’s best to keep them outside in the garden.

Winter Bugs and How to Get Rid of Them

Winter is a time where everyone is seeking a warm, comfortable place to lay low, and this isn’t just the case for humans. There are many winter bugs that may try to come into your home for the season, and some of them are really unpleasant.

We’ve mentioned a few of the more egregious offenders in the paragraphs above, but there are more out there. We encourage you to do more research if you’re interested.

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