The Impact of Seasons on Pest Movement and Patterns
Pests are always looking a warm, safe shelter and dependable food source. Unfortunately, some of the more alluring places that attract common pests are our homes!
Since pests are influenced by the seasons, the threats they pose shift as the weather changes. To keep pests out and protect your home from invasion it is important to be aware of seasonal pest patterns and take the proper precautions during each seasonal weather shift.
Spring – Insect Awakening and Mating
In the spring ice melts, temperatures warm and the flowers bloom. With this mix of warmth and moisture pests emerge from their winter nesting spots and activity starts to increase. Bees and wasps awaken from their dormant state, termites may swarm and excess rains might bring ants indoors in search of higher-ground.
Springtime is also mating season. Although pest activity increases in the spring, the vast majority of pest movement and patterns tend to occur outside of the home as pests seek food and water and look to mate. Some pests, however, will be looking for protected places, such as your home, to build a nest. You should be mindful of any changes you notice inside your home, such as a pile of bug wings or ant invasion. If you remain aware of regular insect patterns around and in your home each spring you’ll be better poised to notice abnormal insect or pest behavior and note your observations to a pest control professional.
Summer – Backyard Pests and Outdoor Enjoyment
Outside of ant invasions during rainy times, summer typically offers a reprieve from insects and pests seeking shelter in your home – food, water and mates are plentiful outside! Summer, on the other hand, is famously known for high numbers of mosquitos. And, increases in the number of mosquitos often result from heavy spring and summer rains, as water sources are a common breeding site. Although mosquitos won’t try to invade your home, mosquito bites and general presence are a nuisance when trying to enjoy your yard in the summer months.
Other common summertime insects include ticks, bees and wasps. Bees and wasps may build their homes in any opening of your house, beneath overhangs or in the ground near the foundation of your home. Just like ticks and mosquitos, bees and wasps are annoying and present health risks when they attack humans. Trying to make sure that you deter bees and wasps from building their homes near you and establishing a presence in your yard requires effort, but can certainly increase the enjoyment of your outdoor space this summer.
Fall – Insect Patterns and Home Maintenance
As the temperature drops in fall, pests and insects will begin to prepare for the coming winter. Many species will seek out a warm, sheltered place. As a result you may start to see an influx of spiders, lady bugs or boxelder bugs coming into your home. For the most part, however, these pests tend to stay out of sight, hidden in the cracks and crevices of your home.
Larger pests, however, may be searching for an entry point into your home. Therefore, fall is an important time to make sure that any cracks, crevices, holes and gaps in your foundation, siding, garage, floors and attic are sealed properly to keep pests out. It is also important to check your roof materials as strong winds can crack shingles and siding materials and create openings for pests to sneak into your home. By conducting proper home maintenance in the fall you can reduce the chances of rats and mice entering your house in the winter months.
Winter – Pest Hibernation and Survival
For most insects, colder winter weather indicates that it is time to find shelter. Some insects literally ‘hole up’ or hibernate to conserve energy and avoid harsh climates. Others may migrate to warmer weather or outlast the winter months in their nymph, egg or larvae stages in the ground or water. Bees and wasps tend to shelter in logs, trees or eaves of homes, while ants retreat to their nesting sites. Most of these insects survive the winter months by establishing a safe place to outlast the weather outdoors, safe from the elements.
Other pests, such as mice and rats, are not as tolerant of the winter months and may come looking for a safe retreat inside your home. Therefore, it is extremely important to protect your home from potential pests by taking the proper precautions in the fall months to defend your home.
When you are attentive to seasonal insect and pest shifts you can be better prepared to deter any unwelcome visitors from entering your home. However, you’re not always in complete control to deter insects and pests from seeking shelter in your home and do-it-yourself efforts to combat a problem are not always safe or advised. To make sure that you properly address any signs of insect infestation or pest inhabitation it is best to contact your local pest control experts.
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