Throughout the spring and summer months, Maine’s population is pestered by thousands of species of insects. However, these Maine bugs seem to become much less of a problem in the winter. So where exactly do they go? Like humans, insects find many different ways to escape the winter cold.

How Do Maine Bugs Prepare for Coming Winter?


To prepare for the coming winter, ants will work to put on extra weight during the fall months. They will then find someplace warm to settle down and hibernate. Depending on the species, this might be under a rock or even between the bark of a tree. Some ants move further underground and block the entrance holes with soil. Once they find a place, they will stay there until the weather starts to warm up again.


Many people believe that spiders will come into their houses during the fall and winter months to escape the cold. The truth is that house spiders and outdoor spiders are usually not the same species. Many outdoor spiders are able to accumulate glycol compounds in their bloodstream that keep them from being affected by below-freezing temperatures.

Even after building up these “antifreeze” glycols, spiders will still try to seek out a place to hide for the winter. Many anti-freeze-producing spiders will work their way through the top layer of snow to reach the “subnivean zone.” This area will protect them until the warmer spring months return.


In contrast to many other insect species, Maine’s bees have a fairly social winter season! As soon as temperatures start dropping, bees retreat into their hives and join together in a “winter huddle.” While in the huddle, the bees stay in constant motion. This energy helps to keep the hive alive until winter ends.

Snow Fleas

Snow fleas are the most common winter bug in Maine. In fact, there are billions of them living in forests all across the state. These tiny creatures live in the soil and survive off of fungi, bacteria, and leaf matter on the forest floor.

Like many other Maine insects, snow fleas stay alive by producing “antifreeze” chemicals and staying buried under the snow.


After worrying so much about ticks during the spring and summer months, many people hope that these pests die off in the winter. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Some tick species, like a dog and lone star ticks, do go dormant during the winter months. However, deer ticks can stay active and continue searching for hosts. Scientists have even found some ticks that can survive overnight in 3-degree weather!

Winter Pest Control

Maine’s many insect species all have different ways of preparing for the cold winter months. While you may see less of these pests during winter, it’s still important to keep up with your pest control services. It may be cold outside, but your warm home is a great place for some Maine bugs to hide until spring.

As a trusted family business, Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control is dedicated to keeping your home free of pests. Give us a call today at (207) 650-8654 to learn about our safe and affordable pest control services.