Springtime brings about an increase in temperatures, the melting of ice, and the blooming of flowers. These warmer temperatures bring many pests out from their winter hiding places. As these animals emerge, they will have one thing on their minds – food and water! Spring is also mating season for many species. Here are some common spring pests to look out for:
Forage for food in warmer weather. As temperatures increase, ants will venture farther and farther from their colonies in search of food. This will eventually drive them into our homes. The heavy rains in spring also drive ants out of their colonies in search of higher ground.
Spring is the start of termite season as they leave their nests to mate and start new colonies. This is also known as “swarming.”
Heavy spring rains provide the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will increase their activity in spring in preparation for their peak season, which is summer.
Reach maturity at the beginning of spring. Once they mature, they will flock to areas that humans inhabit as they look for food. They prefer liquids and other sweet foods.
Become active in the spring as they search for food. The increase in insect activity as they wake from their winter slumber provides ample opportunities for spiders to feed.
Stinging insects include bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. These insects wake up from their dormant stage in the spring, and they become more active. Spring is the start of their mating season as they seek to establish their nests and breed.
Although bed bugs are a year-round problem, their populations can spike in the springtime because of the increased travel for Easter and spring break from schools.
While we get somewhat of a break from pests in the summer months, there are a few species who peak during this hot season. Summer is typically the time in many pests’ life cycles where they are maturing and are less of a threat to humans. Here are some common summer pests:
Bees and Wasps
Stinging insects reach their highest populations in the summer. They will often build their nests in any available openings in your house, under overhangs or in the ground near your foundation.
Continue to be a nuisance in the summer. As the rains continue through the season, ants will continue to seek shelter in higher ground. They will also continue to forage into our homes in search of food.
Most active in the summer months, which is also their peak breeding season. Flies will spawn in animal waste, garbage, and rotting foods.
Most productive in the summer, which is when they continue to consume wood while the queen continues to lay eggs and build their colonies.
Once again, bed bugs are year-round pests. Many populations thrive in the summer months because of an increase in travel during summer break from school.
Fall brings about cooler temperatures, which is when pests start to prepare for the upcoming winter. Many pests will begin seeking warmth and shelter inside our homes. Here are some common fall pests:
Some of the most common fall pests. Cockroaches cannot survive in colder temperatures, so fall is when we see them migrating indoors in search of shelter and warmth. Cockroaches are known to hide near pipes and drains. They can spread disease and exacerbate asthma.
Also common in the fall for the same reasons as cockroaches. They move indoors to avoid the harsh colder temperatures and search for food as many of the flying insect populations decline as the weather cools. Spiders also breed in the fall, so activity will increase as males go in search of mates.
Another common fall pest. Rodents will migrate indoors as the weather cools in search of warmth, shelter, food, and water. Rodents not only spread disease but will also chew through wood supports and electrical wires in your home.
With rodents come fleas. These insects flourish in warmer weather, so as the weather cools, we see their populations indoors thrive. Fleas hitchhike into your home on pets and any other wildlife that come into your home in the fall.
Become a nuisance in the fall, stinkbugs are known for emitting an extremely foul odor when they feel threatened. Stinkbugs are also a severe threat to agriculture as they can cause significant damage to crops.
While many pests hibernate or become dormant over the winter, don’t relax just yet! There are still many pests that we see in more significant numbers in the winter months as they make their way into our home to avoid the harsh cold weather. Here are some common winter pests:
The most common pests we see in the winter. Rats, mice, and squirrels will invade our homes in search of a warm place to stay and an ample supply of food and water.
Once again, bed bug populations are active year-round, but they often flourish during the winter months as these are some of the busiest travel times of the year.
While most cockroach species die off in the winter, Oriental roaches and German roaches are still active during this time. They seek dark, damp areas that are prevalent in the wintertime.
As you can see, no two pests are alike, and no two seasons are alike. In the same manner, one universal pest control method won’t work for different pests or seasons. It is essential to know which pests thrive during which seasons so that you can better prepare your home year-round to prevent an invasion. If you suspect that you have a pest problem in your home, contact Aries Pest Control to provide you with a thorough evaluation and set you up with a comprehensive treatment plan.