When the weather changes because of the seasons, it is often very difficult to control insect infestations. This is especially true when the weather begins to get warmer. Increasing temperatures, warner winter, increasing precipitation, and droughts, all work to make it easier for certain insects to invade and infest. If you want to know more about how different temperatures and shifts in weather play a role in the number and type of insects you find around your home or business, continue reading below.
How Does Cold Weather Affect Insects?
We’re not sure if you know or not, but you may have assumed that insects are cold-blooded. This means that their bodies will adapt to their environment. For the most part, summertime insects cannot develop if the temperature goes below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In the case that the temperature goes below freezing, insects will become dormant for the most part. On the other hand, depending on their species, insects may also die when the weather is freezing or below.
If an insect hatches in the spring, it can survive 20-degree temperatures until the weather gets warmer and it comes out about dormancy. Conversely, if the temperatures reach the teens near the end of the winter, most insect won’t survive. This will lead to less tree and plant damage come spring.
How Do Mild Temperatures Affect Insects?
When a mild winter occurs, it is likely to result in the increased population of insects that would be commonly die in the cold weather. Warmer weather will also lead to insects maturing and reproducing more than they would be able to had the temperatures gotten to typical winter lows.
There are, of course, other factors that will contribute to insect infestations. However, it is important to note that when the winter weather is mild this also means that the number of natural enemies to insects will increase as well. This means a larger population of birds, reptiles, and rodents.
What Can Earthwise Pest Management Do For You?
No matter what insects you find are plaguing your home this spring and summer, there is no need to worry. When you hire a professional pest control company to take care of your insect issues, you can be sure that they won’t be issues for long. Plain and simple, we are the pest control experts that can handle any sort of infestation. Whether you are dealing with seasonal ants, bed bugs, termites, or something else, we know how to properly identify, locate, and eradicate them. If you want more information about our pest management solutions or how you can determine whether or not you have an issue with certain pests in your home, we would be happy to help. Call us today to schedule an inspection so that we can get rid of the problem before it gets worse. We know what we are doing and we want nothing more than to be able to protect you and your family from harmful insects and the damage they can do.