How Weather Effects Pest Activity

No matter what time of the year it is all pests whether it be ants, termites or rodents, seek the same thing to survive - food, water and shelter. Changes in our weather can make it difficult to control pests. Increased temperatures, warmer winters, increased precipitation, droughts and wind will effect the size of a pest population, where they are located and how they enter you property. 


Spring is a time of rebirth and awakening for both pests and plants. As the spring tempertures warm up the ground, pests emerge from their  hibernation and become very active. The rains will drive ants from their nesting sites in the ground forcing them into your property. During this time of the year termites will begin their swarming.  As bees and wasps start to poleninate the flowers they also are very active at making their nests around your proterty.


The heat of summer brings out all of those backyard pests that really impead your outdoor fun. While we tend to see less pests inside we will see larger numbers of pests in our yards and other outdoor areas. Mosquitoes are especially active in the summer months because of the moisture from spring and summer rains. Bees, wasps, and other stinging insects are also more active; their nests can now be easily spotted  on our near our homes.


As the days begin to get shorter and the nioghts get cooler most pests start to look of areas to shelter them from the harsh winter months. Common fall pest include ladybugs, stink bugs, spiders and mice. These pests will enter your property throught small cracks and crevices such as around pipes and cable lines, cracks around windows and doors and through gaps around your exterior siding.  This is a good time to do some preventitave maintenas and pest proof your home.  

Whatever the season may be , there are steps you can take to protect your home from pests year-round:

  • Keep your grass mowed and shrubbery trimmed away from the sides of your home.

  • Keep your yard clear of debris and standing water.

  • Store firewood away from the home and elevated off the ground.

  • Inspect the outside of your home for cracks and holes that pests can use as entry points and seal them.

  • Use weatherstripping around doors and windows and make sure screens are in good repair.

  • Cap your chimney.

  • Make sure gutters are clear of debris or install gutter guards.

  • Consider enclosing your crawlspace.

  • Keep food and pet food stored in airtight containers.

  • Don’t leave pet food and water bowls out overnight.

  • Clean up crumbs and spills immediately.

  • Vacuum often.

  • Repair any leaky faucets.


Winter is a time for survival for pests. Colder weather requires pests to find shelter. Some seek shelter outdoors while others will seek shelter indoors. Bees, wasps, and other stinging insects will seek out places in logs or in the eaves of your home. Ants will seek shelter in their nesting sites. Overwintering pests like stink bugs, spiders, and rodents will seek shelter indoors. I am frequently asked "Why do I need pest control in the winter when all of the pest are dead?" The truth is, the winter service just may be the most important service of the year. It is this time of year we can yake the extra time and perfor key prevention services. 

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How To Pest  Proof Your  Home For Winter
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