How do bugs overwinter? Why don’t they freeze or starve? They’re drunk! Not really. They undergo a process called “diapause.” This process lowers the metabolism of the insect allowing the insect to survive the winter on stored fat. They also produce several types of alcohol in their bodies creating an anti-freeze like substance that lowers the freezing point of their bodily fluids.
Many insects also overwinter on their hosts. Deer Ticks will overwinter both in leaf litter in the manner described above and also on their host deer and mice population. That’s why most of the ticks will survive this cold winter. Mosquitoes lay eggs deep in ponds that don’t freeze and also in bodies of water that freeze solid. As soon as the spring thaw happens the eggs hatch and the mosquito larvae will start to feed, leading to full-size adults.
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Many folks think that since they don’t have a pet, ticks can’t get into the house. Simply not true. Ticks travel near you mostly on mice. My parents live in a high-end home nestled into a lakeside hill. The cleaning company is in weekly. They never saw a mouse…we caught 64 in two weeks until we sealed all the openings under the cedar siding. Now it’s down to about 2 per week.
That is how ticks get close to us. Before they went into the house, the mice were in the bushes, on the lawn, under the deck, everywhere that mice go. One mouse can harbor dozens to hundreds of ticks…One deer can harbor 30,000+ ticks!
Think of that….while your gardening. How many ticks were here before me…?
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