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If It’s Warmer Do Pests Come Out Earlier?

Pests are incredibly sensitive to environmental changes, particularly temperature fluctuations. Many pests, such as ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and even rodents, are cold-blooded creatures. This means that their body temperatures are regulated by the temperature of their surroundings. As temperatures rise, these pests become more active, reproducing faster and seeking out sources of food and shelter.

Here is what our Adam’s Pest Control Entomologist, Dr. Mohammed El Damir has to say: “Warm weather prompts insects and arthropods, like spiders, to wake up from their dormant stages,” he said. “[It] triggers pest and insect activity. They start to look for food, water, or sometimes they start to look for a source of shelter.”

Dr. El Damir explained he expects pests such as mosquitos, stink bugs, wasps, spiders and ticks to become active. If come weather comes again, he added this is problematic not only for these creatures but also for us people.

“When they face that unpredicted harsh weather, they seek shelter to protect themselves because they can’t regulate their temperature,” he said. “So they’re going to have to go and find something warmer during that time.”

To best protect your homes, Dr. El Damir recommended finding and sealing any entry points. He suggested making sure doors and windows are shut tight and there are no holes anywhere for these pests to enter.

If you were to find pests inside your house, Dr. El Damir encouraged using vacuum cleaners to collect them. He said this is the safest and most effective way of removing them.

”If people use chemicals or do-it-yourself products, they have to be careful with these products, because if not used properly, they end up causing harm like health effects and maybe they damage the property. Read the label and make sure you understand what you use.”

To protect yourself from insects, Dr. El Damir advised wearing long-sleeve clothes to conceal your skin. He also suggested applying insect or tick repellants, stressing the importance of checking labels as insect repellents do not work on ticks.
Read more here: https://www.kttc.com/2024/03/07/warm-weather-may-bring-out-bugs-early-this-year/

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