Insects are always looking for shelter and dependable food sources. As the weather changes and the air becomes rich with warmth, pollen and moisture, pests emerge from their nesting spots and activity starts to increase. Bees and wasps awaken from their dormant state, termites may swarm, and excess rains brings mosquitoes into areas where humans congregate. Since the life cycles of mosquitoes, bees, and wasps are influenced by the seasons, the threats they pose shift as the weather changes. To keep pests out and protect your home from invasion, it’s important to be aware of seasonal pest patterns and to take the proper precautions during each seasonal weather shift.
Insect mating season
Springtime and early summer is also mating season. Although pest activity increases in the spring, the vast majority of bug movement and patterns tend to occur outside of the home as pests seek nourishment and reproductive partners. Some pests, however, will be looking for protected places, such as your home, to build a nest. You should be mindful of any changes you notice inside your home, such as a new pile of bug wings or ant invasion. If you remain aware of regular insect patterns in and around your home each early summer, you'll be better positioned to notice abnormal insect or pest behavior and to give your observations to a pest control professional.
Summer enjoyment and backyard pests
The start of summer weather, typically around June, is famously known for the beginning of high numbers of mosquitoes. For good reason, people from around the world fear them. These bloodsuckers have long been known for spreading disease. With the Zika virus currently being such a big concern, precautions should be taken to keep mosquitoes away from yourself and your family. If you happen to see a mosquito swarm near your home, take action immediately. Although they typically won't try to invade your home, their bites and general presence are a nuisance when trying to enjoy outside in the summer months. These pests love to hang around sources of stagnant water. Because mosquitoes are so tiny and fast, they can easily creep through small holes or entrances, or pierce the skin and draw blood before their human host is aware.
Bees and wasps
Bees and wasps may build their homes in any opening of your house, beneath overhangs, or in the ground near the foundation of your home. Just like ticks and mosquitos, bees and wasps are annoying and present health risks when they attack humans. Trying to make sure that you deter these insects from building their homes near you and establishing a presence in your yard requires effort, but can certainly increase the enjoyment of your outdoor spaces this summer. Bees and wasps will begin to emerge as soon as the local temperatures start to rise during the spring. Although even a tiny sweat bee can inflict a painful sting, hornets are especially dangerous. Inspect your entire property for bee hives. Wasps often build their nests along porches and around window frames. Old trees stumps are a favorite habitat for hornets. In the blink of an eye, an open door could allow a bee to fly into your home.