A rant of frustration and discontent from unwanted pests in homes is usually not so prevalent in the winter months; however, pest season this year seems to be an all-year dilemma.
In most areas throughout the United States the temperatures way above the norm during the winter. The usual drop in temperatures during the winter impedes the activity and reproduction rate of insects. Since the temperatures were never quite chilly, the warm temperatures allowed the bugs to continue reproducing and have the larvae grow at normal, fast rates.
While a large portion of an insect population dies off during sub-zero temperatures, this year they were able to thrive and build up their army during the winter.
Some of the top performers during this pest season appear to be ants, fleas, ticks, earwigs, and black widows.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest 12-month period since record-keeping began in 1895.
The heat is not the only thing making critters of all size more noticeable. The drought that some parts of the country have been experiencing causes bugs to head indoors for moisture.
Inspect your pets for fleas often. Fleas are abundant are can easily attach themselves to animals in dog parks, lawns, or other areas with heavy pet traffic.
Effectively combating this pest invasion epidemic will require clean and tidy habits. A thorough cleaning of areas where food is cooked, stored, or eaten should be cleaned after use. Food and drink spills should not be left for the next day – clean immediately.
Outside you should focus on removing clutter in lawns. Compost or leave piles should be picked up or turned regularly. Store all wood piles at least a few feet from the structure of your home.
Implementing these tasks into your daily routine and in combination with a regular pest control service, you should have no problem with pest infestations this summer.