How to Manage Pests During Winter

Wondering if there’s something you can do to manage pests in your home during the colder months?

In this article, we’ll discuss which pests to be on the lookout for during winter, what you can do to prevent them and how Sun Dry can help.

Pests That Are Active During Colder Months

Let’s start with the basics. Which pests are most active during winter? Here, we’ll break it down for you.


Think termites are only active in the summertime? Think again. While you may not be as aware of their presence once the weather turns cold, termites are indeed just as active. They will still chew their way through your foundations if left untreated.

Termites are notoriously hard to spot – even when the weather is warmer – so you’ll need to keep an eye out for signs of infestation such as:

– cracks in walls
– sagging floors and ceilings
– timber that has been chewed away


Ants aren’t as active outdoors in the winter months as they may be during summer. This is because they will try and make their way inside your home in search of warmth. Luckily they are pretty easy to identify and don’t confine themselves to one particular part of your house.


Like ants, cockroaches tend to move inside during winter. Because they are nocturnal, you won’t often see them during the daytime. They can be most commonly found in:
– kitchens
– bathrooms


Spiders are still fairly active during winter and can be found in bathrooms, kitchens and even in your bed (as well as in the usual outdoor places like under rocks or in your garden. Signs you have an infestation include:
– spiderwebs
– increase in flying insects
– egg sacs
– droppings – identifiable as they look like small black paint splotches

It’s worth noting that spiders are attracted to mould and mildew, so do what you can to minimise this around your home. While redback spiders are usually less active in winter, you can find out about what attracts this particular species by clicking here.


Mice are particularly active during winter and if left alone can cause major damage to your home. They can even make you and your family sick due to the diseases (and other pests) they carry.

You can usually find them:
–  in wall voids – especially those near a heat source
– around storage spaces and boxes
– behind large kitchen appliances
– in the base of kitchen cabinets

Tips for Preventing Pest Infestations During Winter

There are several things you can do to try and prevent a pest infestation in your home:
– identify their dislikes – some pests hate certain smells and will avoid them
– reduce moisture or condensation
– put food away after use
– seal windows and doors
– close common entry points or gaps
– arrange for a regular pest inspection

How Sun Dry Can Help

When you need an expert in pest control, you can’t go past our experienced team at Sun Dry.

At Sun Dry, we’ve been working in the pest control  industry  in Brisbane for decades. Our team members are professional, highly trained and will complete your work as efficiently as possible.

Time to arrange a winter pest control to prevent an infestation? Book an appointment with one of our professionals by getting in touch today.