How Weather change Affects Pests?

A diagram showing different types of pests.

Humans are not the only ones that look forward to the warmer weather. Just as we all start to shed our clothes and venture into the great outdoors; so do a wide variety of pests.

But it’s not just warmer weather that can present you with a pest problem; even the fall or early winter can bring you issues that will need to be dealt with.

Warming Up

Affects pests.

When the weather starts to warm up insects are encouraged to start multiplying. This builds their colonies and ensures the future survival of their species. As much as you may wish to eliminate a certain type of pest completely they are all necessary for life as we know it.

For example, insects are the primary food for spiders. Spiders are eaten by birds, larger birds eat small birds and a variety of animals eat the larger birds. Human may also eat the birds or the animals that eat birds.

The issue is that these colonies need to be established somewhere. If they are in the wilderness this is not really an issue but when the insects set up camp in your home then you may have a problem and you’ll need to contact your local pest control company.

Cooling Down

Affects

As the summer ends and the temperature starts to drop you may also find it’s a good idea to get an exterminator in. Many pests hibernate through the winter, ready to rebuild in the spring. This means they need to find a place to sleep that is safe and warm. Again, your hoe represents the perfect spot.

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In many cases they can come in and settle without you being aware of them until the spring. They can also make their presence felt by leaving droppings on your floor and countertops as they hunt for extra food or water.

Regardless of which they do an exterminator can make sure they are all gone; preventing you from having an issue in the spring when they start multiplying.

It is also worth noting that a mild summer can actually reduce the number of natural enemies present; encouraging the pests to produce faster. Nature will correct this balance naturally as predator numbers will increase in direct relation to the number of pests.

However, if the weather cools too fast many pests will be caught out and simply die. Most insects and many small rodents can’t survive when the temperature drops t near freezing. If this happens suddenly they won’t be prepared for it and will die.

This can cause there to be less pests at the beginning of the next season but that doesn’t mean they won’t be an issue.

Protecting Yourself

The time when your home is most vulnerable is the fall when the pests are starting to look for somewhere to stay in the cooler months. Before the temperature starts to drop you need to ensure that all potential entry points in your home are sealed. An insect or rodent can get through the tiniest of cracks.

On the other hand in the summer the majority of pests will be outside the home; your efforts will need to focus on deterring the building of nests; particularly wasps and bees which may target your eaves and then become a threat to you.

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