Seasonal PestsPublished 15/02/2021
Pests can invite themselves in anytime of the year but, depending on which season it is, you may have to deal with different types of pests.
Changing weather patterns will mean you having to prepare yourselves for the different kinds of pests that may be active during that season. Understanding when these pests appear will allow you to have a proactive approach if you come into contact with any. Not only will it help you prevent future invasions of pests, holding the knowledge will potentially be more cost-effective than having a reactive approach to when they arrive.
We have put together examples of the most common pests for each season to help you prepare for the worst.
After Winter, the temperature rises and flowers start to grow. Many insects and creatures come out of their long hibernation periods looking to feed, grow and breed. Different pests will be more active when the heat increases. Mosquitos will be more prevalent when it has been raining and there are still water sources available while stinging insects start their search for flowers beginning to bloom on sunny days and prepare hives and nests.
To help you prepare your homes against these unwanted visitors start to think about yearly maintenance to your house. Cracks, holes and other cosmetics damages are perfect doorways to let these invaders in.
The most popular time for pests, indoors and outdoors is summer. Warm weather, fresh greenery and the availability of food make summer the perfect time of year for pests. Ticks and Fleas are ones that thrive in the summer, taking rides on animals and then infesting homes. Insects seem to be the most prominent during these months, however you may also have to deal with the odd invader nesting in your attic, such as Bats.
Help keep pests at bay by being active with gardening activities; keeping grass mowed, trimming weeds and maintaining your home will all help. If you spend time outside, make sure food is covered and don’t leave sugary/sweet items out as this will attract wasps and ants.
The bright and green colours begin to fade and so do the pests from the spring/summer months. When the cold starts to come in, the pests want to come into your homes to escape the colder temperatures. During autumn, pests start to prepare for hibernation during winter. Spiders and rodents will be actively looking to get inside homes. Although most summer pests will start to disappear, wasps will still be active around September/October, especially during warmer autumns.
When leaves and foliage begin to die off and fall, it is perfect nesting areas for pests to enjoy, so raking leaves and disposing of them will help reduce this issue. Commonly you will find small insects in your home décor/ house plants so keeping on top of dusting will help clear them away.
Even though you may think the cold weather means all pests will hide away, there are still some home invaders that want to stay away from the bad weather. A lot of moisture increases in the home during winter, with heating on and the icy weather outside, damp areas are prime nesting spaces for certain pests like cockroaches.
The best way to prevent these pests from appearing would be to ‘winter proof’ your homes. Naturally you don’t want heat in your home escaping, so you stay warm yourselves, ensuring there are no nooks and crannies for the heat to escape and pests to get in is the most effective precaution to take.
Although there are certain pests that occur during different seasons, pests can be a problem all year round. Bed bugs, fleas and cockroaches do thrive in certain seasons but pests like these can be lurking at all times.
Pests like cold and damp areas, places where you might not usually see but they could be causing a longer-term problem. If you think you have any little creatures taking over your home, get in touch with our expert pest exterminators