How Temperature Affects Insects

The recent rainfalls have been more than beneficial. As we sit inside watching the rain and enjoying the slight temperature drop, so are pest. Temperature changes and increased rainfall can lead to unwanted pests in your home.

Temperature Changes

Insects are cold-blooded creatures that can’t produce their own body heat. This means the temperature of their surroundings plays an important role in their growth, development, and behavior. Find out how temperature affects insects and why temperature fluctuations can lead to indoor bug infestations.

Heavy Rain

Moisture loving bugs such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, stink bugs and termites thrive in wet conditions. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in stagnant rain water, after a heavy rainfall it is probable that mosquito populations will increase. Spiders, ants, and cockroaches will invade homes looking for shelter during heavy rainfalls. Flood conditions can force some bugs, including ants and wasps, out of their nests in to the ground. When this occurs, ant colonies will seek the shelter of homes looking for food and dry ground.

How to Prevent Infestations

  1. Prepare by inspecting for entry points
  2. Seal cracks and holes
  3. Remove trash and debris
  4. Clean up crumbs and spills
  5. Clear sink and tub drains
  6. Organize clutter
  7. Call City Pest

It is important to make sure your home has no holes, crevices or cracks that could let ants and other tiny pests get in when it rains. A careful inspection of your house’s exterior walls and seal any openings will ensure bugs can not find them. Spend some time clearing clutter around your house, too. Debris and litter can accumulate in your garden or yard and give pests more places to hide. You want to keep bugs (and rodents) far away from your home. Inside, work on forming a habit of cleaning up after each meal so bugs won’t find any spills, crumbs or dirty dishes to feed on. Wipe counters and vacuum floors as often as possible and keep stored foods sealed in airtight containers. Occasionally cleaning drains (especially the kitchen sink, where food waste can build up) is a good way to avoid attracting roaches after it rains. And by organizing general clutter in your storage rooms, attic and basement, you can reduce the number of hiding and nesting places for pests.