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Why Extreme Weather Leads to Increased Pest Populations
As much as we’d like to believe that our homes are a sanctuary that protects us from creepy crawlies, some pests are more resilient than others. Unfortunately, extreme weather events across the country can lead to an increase in certain pests, leaving homeowners vulnerable to infestations. According to the National Pest Management Association, “Pests are experts at adapting to environments and tend to thrive in climates that are warm, damp, and humid.” This means that areas of the country experiencing droughts, heatwaves, and heavy rainfall are at higher risk of pest infestations.
The Types of Pests That Thrive in Extreme Weather
The NPMA’s featured entomologist explains that different types of pests will thrive during different weather extremes. For instance, heatwaves create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, while droughts can cause rodents to seek out water sources in homes. Heavy rainfall can also increase the presence of termites, as they require moisture to survive and reproduce. The key takeaway here is that homeowners need to be vigilant against any signs of pest infestations, especially during periods of extreme weather.
What You Can Do to Avoid Infestations
The good news is that homeowners can take steps to avoid pest infestations, regardless of the weather conditions. Some practical tips include sealing any cracks or openings in your home to prevent rodents and insects from entering, storing food in airtight containers to discourage ants and cockroaches, and eliminating any sources of standing water to prevent mosquito breeding. Of course, it’s always wise to reach out to a professional pest control company for expert advice and assistance.
Book a Free Pest Inspection Today
As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s why we highly recommend contacting Ecola Termite and Pest Control for a free pest inspection. Our licensed technicians can assess your home’s vulnerability to different types of pests and provide customized solutions to keep them at bay. We pride ourselves on our eco-friendly pest management techniques and superior customer service. Call us today at 800-471-BUGS (2847) to schedule your free inspection and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a pest-free home. Free estimates are cheerfully quoted over the phone!