There is no doubt that warm and moist areas are attractive to most insects. This is why the southern states of the US tend to have larger mosquito and termite populations. Limited numbers of insects survive in cold temperatures which means it’s often less likely to experience problems with insects invading your home during winter months, or even during the spring, after the winter temperatures have taken their toll.
However, this does not mean that you will never need the services of a pest control company when the weather is cooler. You need to keep a look out for certain pests at any time of year.
Why mild weather could increase the insect population
There is plenty of evidence that the climate is changing, and average temperatures are rising. Does this mean that insect populations will grow even faster than before, during the summer months? Insects such as termites certainly thrive when the weather is warm and there is moisture in the air. It’s also true that insects tend to mature faster in hot weather which means that they can travel greater distances. However, this does not necessarily mean that insect infestations will increase.
Mild weather could be advantageous to the predators that eat insects, such as birds and reptiles. It could lead to an increase in their numbers, which could be detrimental to the survival of insects. It’s difficult to tell at this stage. What is certain is that it’s as important as ever to have your home inspected for pests on a regular basis and to be vigilant if you spot any potential signs, such as termite tunnels or bites to people living in your home.
Insects that cause problems in cool weather
Insects such as cockroaches are resilient. They can survive cold winters, and they are more likely to want to get into your home at this time. Winter is also the time of year when piles of fall leaves can remain outside, the weather can cause cracks in the walls of your home and pipes can start to leak. If you do not deal with these problems as soon as possible, you could be creating a welcoming environment for cockroaches and making it easy for them to gain entry to your home. It’s easy to get complacent during the winter as most insects die off, but cockroaches can take hold quickly, and they spread bacteria, so you need to be wary of their presence. If you suspect that you have a problem with cockroaches, you should ask a professional exterminator to inspect your home.
No matter what the weather is like outside, there is a chance that there will be insects around. They are more likely to become a problem when the weather is warm, but even when the temperature is cool, hardy insects such as cockroaches can get inside your home and infest the property. You always need to be vigilant when it comes to the presence of insects.