How Weather Affects Insect Invasions

Weather plays an important role in determining how insects survive or thrive. Increased temperatures, milder winters, heavy rains and drought, for example, can contribute to an increase (or a decrease) in pest invasions in your area. For instance, many insects cannot tolerate freezing temperatures and will seek out every crack and crevice in your home to escape the cold.


In this blog post, Edmonton’s trusted pest control specialists explain how different weather conditions give rise to insect problems and what to do if you have an infestation on your hands.


Cold weather
Extreme cold temperatures force the majority of insects to hibernate underground; however, some may choose to take refuge in your home or place of business. The good news is that cold weather keeps insect reproduction and growth to a minimum.

Mild temperatures
Mild winters result in increased populations of insects and, therefore, greater risk of invasions comes in spring and summer. In milder temperatures, the cold doesn’t penetrate the ground, leaving hibernating insects safe from harm.

Heavy rains
April showers bring May flowers—and apparently an abundance of insects. Heavy rainfalls during the spring season allow insect populations to flourish. Plenty of water means colonies can nourish their young and reproduce faster. Consequently, managing water problems around your home is an essential part of pest control.

Drought
Alternatively, in periods of drought, crops don’t flourish and lawns dry out, affecting insects’ ability to reproduce. The lack of moisture and water means insects are unable to nurture their eggs and young. Furthermore, in hot, arid conditions, insects prefer to keep to cooler, damp environments, which may lead many of them to infiltrate basements, garages or sheds.


Telltale signs of an insect invasion

Your home can be infested with insects at any time of year; however, cracks, crevices and other cavities are increasingly used for safe passage to warmer environments by bugs and other pests during the colder months. Common insect infestations that take place during the winter include ants, bedbugs and termites. There are a few telltale signs that your home is experiencing a winter pest infestation, such as:

  • Dead bugs 
  • Bite marks 
  • Crumbling wood furnishings 
  • Skittering sounds in the walls

Your pest control specialists in Edmonton
Pests can damage your home and compromise your family’s health and safety. If you notice any of the signs listed above, contact Edmonton Exterminators right away! We provide safe and effective pest control solutions to home and business owners in Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park—plus we have experience dealing with a wide variety of insects, from ants to spiders, fleas and bedbugs!

Do you think you have a potential infestation on your hands? Contact us today!
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