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How Does Warm Weather Affect Pests?

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ve probably noticed the temperature growing hotter. As the weather gets warmer, you may notice that pests are more of a problem in your home. Pests are cold-blooded and rely on the temperature of their environment to generate energy and move around. As the weather gets warmer, this means that they have more energy and therefore are more active. Before you go and call your pest control company, it is important to learn about how does warm weather affect pests and what are some signs to look out for.

Droughts and Water Sources

Just like every other creature on Earth, pests depend on a reliable water source. Insects require a lot of moisture, so it’s not hard to understand why they often seek out these sources. During times of drought and heat, it can be difficult for insects to find the water they need. In these situations, a home—with its seemingly endless supply of warm and humid environments—may seem like the perfect place to look for a little drink. It is important to make sure you don’t leave any running water available as an easy source to attract pests.

Looking for Dinner

Summer and warm weather mean eating dinner outdoors, barbecues, and picnics! All of these things are like an open door for pests. Pests are more active during the day. They need food to replenish their energy. If they smell food at your home, they will swarm and try to enter, because they think it’s the best source of food in the area. If the weather is dry, they may flock to the easiest source near them – which could be your home. Make sure to store all open food properly so as not to entice ants, beetles, or flying pests to your back door. 

Breeding Grounds

With more warm months to roam around, pests will begin to appear and be ready to breed during these warmer times. The breeding periods of pests begin when there are longer days and are influenced by temperature as well. Therefore, when there are warmer days early in the spring, it is important not to only spray for small pests like mosquitoes but also to look out for other pests that may not be seen with the naked eye. This includes termites that will love to burrow into your walls or loose firewood. 

Taking Shelter 

When the weather gets warm, we can all use a little air conditioning – that goes for pests, too! As summer gets hotter, pests like to find a nice dark place to relax. Often, that means inside your home. While most people want to keep out of the heat and enjoy the outdoors, pests look for dark, damp areas that are a little cool to escape from the blazing sun. They will frequently look for them in basements and attics where they can find a cool place to hide for shade! 

What Pests Are the Problem?

There are no escaping pests in the summer. Although some pests, such as ants and termites, emerge all year long, mosquitoes and flies are more likely to be active in the warmer months. Here are a few things to know about these summer bugs:

  • Flies, we know can be a bit of a nuisance, but this summer they seem to be joining us more often. Flies grow at a faster rate in the heat and their hatching period decreases from 20 hours to 8 hours.
  • Bees and wasps get more aggressive as they try to find food. They may also be less inclined to attack you if you give them space and keep your hands at your sides.
  • Ants and termites are a common problem this time of year as they seek refuge in a cool, dry environment. They want to be comfortable and well-fed, which is why they’ll often end up in your home during the summer.

Protecting your Home with Best Home Property Services

So, how does warm weather affect pests? There are many factors that go into what attracts summer bugs to your home, and it is important to keep an eye out using these basic tips. The most effective way to get rid of them once and for all is with help from a seasoned professional. That’s why Best Home & Property Services are here to help you ensure your new home is pest free. Think you may have a pest problem? Give us a call at 843-236-3065 or get a FREE QUOTE right online

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