Have you ever noticed that you tend to see more ants around the house when it's raining? Or that millipedes appear in greater numbers on those hot, dry days in the summer? It's not a coincidence. Weather conditions can have a tremendous affect on pests and their behaviors.
Pests like getting caught in a downpour about as much as you do. When you have a string of days with wet, rainy weather, expect to see more pests seeking shelter in your home, looking for warmth and food.
As more pests start to come out of their hiding places, the food supply shrinks. That means they are more willing to stray beyond their typical boundaries to find something to snack on, which leads them to your home.
But that's not all you have to worry about. The moisture can actually promote pest growth and reproduction. Ants are especially known for reproducing like mad in wet, warm climates. This puts you at an even greater risk for an invasion.
Ants, spiders, ladybugs, cockroaches, mice and rats should all be on your list of pests to watch out for on these days.
If the rain just won't stop and you start to get flooding, insects will start emerging in hordes to search for dry ground. Chances are, the closest dry place in sight is your home.
Ants are your biggest problem in these conditions. They can move entire colonies quickly and on short notice. The most common places for them to seek shelter in your home are in wall voids and under your foundation.
Because excessive rainfall can create an abundance of ants, you might need pest control services to get rid of them.
Hot and Dry
So if rainfall brings pests into your home, shouldn't warm, dry weather keep them out? If only that were true. Instead of looking for a place to get cozy, when temperatures are sweltering, pests instead come out in search of water to keep them cool.
There might not be as many pests around, but those that are will be aggressively searching for moisture to keep them alive.
In these conditions, ants, millipedes, crickets and spiders are going to be the pests you find seeking water inside your home. A note on millipedes: when the leaf litter, mulch or lawn they live in dries out, they can move in the thousands and stage a full-blown invasion on your home in search of water.
Extreme heat will result in fewer pests, but the longer the heat goes on, the more desperate pests will become in their hunt for moisture. That means their visits to your home will be more frequent.
Drought also causes the food supply to deplete, which can send scorpions and certain spiders outside their normal habitats in search of food. Pests are also more likely to establish breeding sites and more permanent shelter around your home during this time. Targets will include debris, rocks, bricks and firewood.
As temperatures dip into freezing territory or below, pests once again will be on the hunt for a place to keep warm. And once again, your home will call out to them like a beacon.
Box elders bugs, ladybugs, silverfish and cluster flies are among the pests that you're more likely to see in your home throughout the winter. Overwintering pests will start moving in shortly after summer ends and fall begins, at the very first drop in temperature. Areas of your home these pests will likely turn to are your walls and attic.
Keep those Pests Out
Do you want to live with pests? Not many people do. Snowball Pest Control is available to help you rid your home of pests. For more information, just give us a call at 859-635-7793.