The short answer is, no. If all bugs died in the winter, they would be totally wiped out thousands of years ago. Overwintering is a skill that all pests have to survive winter freezing conditions. All pests are masters of surviving. Here are some examples:
- Ants either hide in your wall voids or they hide under the frost line in your soil. During warmer months, they stockpile food so they can survive the long, cold winter.
- Boxelder bugs, lady bugs, and brown stink bugs bodily fluids actually produce small amounts of alcohol to prevent their body from freezing so they can withstand extreme cold temperatures.
- Spiders hibernate inside walls of homes or inside rock crevices.
- Wasps huddle around each other, much like honey bees, to create humidity and warmth.
- Rodents such as mice, voles, and rats are active all year searching for food and other places to find shelter. In the fall their fur coats thicken to create extra warmth for the cold conditions.