It's the time bug-haters love most: when winter's bitter cold culls the creepy crawly population.
Unfortunately that time is a myth.
This time of year, bugs go into their cycles of eggs and feeding larvae, getting ready to hibernate for the winter.
A sudden cold snap might kill the ones who can't build up an "anti-freeze" effect. But if the cold comes slowly, their normal life cycle puts them in protective soil until they can migrate back.
Of course, regular bugs aren't the only problem. If you've seen an 8-legged visitor in your house, you're not alone.
Bugs don't like the cold any more than humans do, and they often hide inside. Oklahoma does not get cold enough to impact the populations, but black widows and other spiders might find their way inside warm homes this time of year.
Year-round pest control can help , which will improve spring and summer numbers.
So what good does the cold do for a bug's enemy? It can slow down some of the ticks. While experts say less than one percent of ticks are infected, Oklahoma is one of three states with the highest cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Cox Media Group