In the southeast United States, as temperatures increase, so too do the number of bugs. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently released its bi-annual Bug Barometer. The Bug Barometer is a bug forecast for different regions of the country that uses current and past weather patterns and bug seasons to predict which bugs will be bugging people the most in each region and when their upcoming peak seasons will start.
The unusually warm and wet winter in the southeast means a higher than average pest population that emerges earlier in the season than is typical. Expect mosquitoes to start biting earlier this spring and summer and take necessary precautions like spraying on the insect repellent–even if it seems a little too early in the season. Increased moisture also provides the kind of conditions that subterranean termites thrive in. Make sure your termite control service is up-to-date to protect your home from increased vulnerability to these home-destroying pests.
If you are planning a trip up the coast to the northeast part of the country, where winter was quite a bit warmer and drier than normal, you’ll want to be on the lookout for ticks. The trend of milder winters has led to increases in tick populations across the U.S., however, the northeast has experienced an extreme increase in area tick populations. Spring rains may cause more areas of standing water, creating perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes well into the summer.
Of course, throughout the United States, there are bugs everyone should be aware of all season long (and all year long) because they may carry life threatening-illnesses like Lyme disease (ticks), West Nile and Zika (mosquitoes). No matter where you live, if you participate in outdoor activities like hiking and camping, consider investing in insect-repellent clothing and shoes treated with permethrin, which can help deter ticks, mosquitoes, ants and flies. Consistent use of insect repellent, checking for bugs or bites and other protection measures can help keep you and your family safe from bug-borne illnesses. And, if you have a bug problem in your home or business, call The Pest Force!