Hot Summer Weather Brings Out Bugs

08/01/2012


Ants    Beneficial Insects    Garden Pests    Mosquitoes    Spiders   

Heating Up

Insects are cold blooded. This means the hotter it is outside, the more energy they have to search for food which generally leads them into our kitchens, garages and bathrooms. Maryland, Virginia and DC summers are a volatile combination of heat and moisture that bring annoying bugs out like no other.

While there is little you can do about the heat, being aware of increased pest activity can let you nip it in the bud when the six-legged adversaries enter your living areas.

A warm winter preceding a hot summer means that more insects were able to survive the mild temperatures instead of freezing as many normally do. This combination means more bugs in more places.

The Wetter the Better

Numerous insects, most notably mosquitoes, breed in water sources. When a surprise thunder storm drenches your yard be sure to create the best conditions for everything to dry completely within a week. It only takes a week for mosquitoes to develop in water and they can survive in as little as a tablespoon of water. While there are numerous ways to rid your yard of mosquito breeding grounds, mosquitoes can travel up to a mile so there is little chance of ridding your yard fully of the annoying insects.

Smorgasbord

Insect populations rising because of heat means there is an added food source for predator insects. A double whammy, if you will, for insects impacting your everyday life is high heat and a nearly unlimited food source. An increase in insect activity in small prey species like certain ants and flies mean that predator species will not have to work as hard to catch their dinners and can survive to annoy people another day.

As always, American Pest is ready to tackle your every pest control need. A simple call or email can get pests off your mind and into our expert hands.






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