Pests like cockroaches, ants, mice, and mosquitoes are annoying pests, but usually only during certain months of the year. However, thanks to this year’s heat waves and heavy rainfall, a lot of pests that usually go away come autumn and winter will still be around looking for a home—your home.
Recently, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released their Bug Barometer™ forecast for the upcoming seasons, and it does not look good for those who get the heebie-jeebies from all kinds of creepy crawlies. Entomologists and pest experts are expecting a lot more pressure from most of these critters than usual.
Increased rodent populations looking for water in residential areas due to heat and dryness. We likely see more cockroaches, ants, spiders, and stinging insects thanks to the lasting heat, and flooding will ramp up the mosquito population. Come autumn and winter increased rodent populations that will be seeking food and shelter, and more rainfall will mean more earwigs and millipedes seeking higher ground indoors.
There’s more to this than just being creeped out by bugs and rats, though. As Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., and chief entomologist and vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the NPMA, explains, it’s a matter of health:
“The extended summer pest activity, combined with the high pressure expected from autumn pests, will make the upcoming seasons particularly pest heavy. There’s also an added health concern given that ticks, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes and rodents are all capable of transmitting diseases to humans.”
So prepare your homes for the upcoming invasion and stay vigilant. The more you can do now to prevent an infestation the better off you’ll be come winter.
Source- Patrick Allan & The NPMA