As cold-blooded creatures, insects are affected by temperature and moisture differently than warm-blooded humans and animals. A majority of insect will die when temperatures reach extreme lows and highs, but they love warm and wet weather conditions which are optimal for breeding and access to food sources. Each weather condition holds its own set of problems when it comes to insects and your home.
Cold Winter Weather = Hibernation and Overwintering
Extremely low temperatures cause sluggish movements in insects. This paired with a lack of food will decrease some insects’ reproduction and lower their population. However, most insects don’t die during cold weather—they either hibernate (adults) or overwinter (larvae, nymphs, pupae, or eggs) underground, in tree trunks, under fallen leaves, or in various warm, dry spots in your home.
Warm, Wet Spring Weather = Look Out
Warm, wet weather leads to higher reproduction and quick maturity in insect populations. Flooding and rains often compromise insects’ shelters, forcing them to search for dry spots like your home. Rainy weather also creates optimal conditions for insects like mosquitoes since they love to lay their eggs in creeks, rivers, and pools of stagnant water. Other insects to watch out for during rainy weather are ants, ladybugs, cockroaches, spiders, crickets, and rodents.
Hot, Dry Summer Weather = Mass Deaths
Extremely hot and dry weather conditions mean insects have a limited food and water supply. Searching for water can result in mass migrations and a high number of insect deaths, thus lowering their population. If you have standing water or wet areas in or around your home, insects will find it. You may even notice an increase in some insects that you normally don’t see due to the fact that they are venturing out of their normal habitats in search of food and water. Look out for millipedes, centipedes, spiders, crickets, earwigs, pillbugs, and sowbugs during dry weather.
Proactive Pest Control + Truly Nolen = A Protected Home
The best way to avoid insect infestations year round is with proactive pest control. Take measures to make your home less inviting to insects by trimming your home’s shrubbery and trees, immediately cleaning up any spills, storing away pet food dishes after your pets eat, and sealing off any entry points to your home. For true peace of mind and total protection of your home, call Truly Nolen for advice about insect infestations at your home and application of preventative pest control products.