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Weather and Insects

While the tools Green Guard Pest Control uses are environmentally friendly, the environment itself, in the form of weather, may or may not be friendly to the pests. Of course, each insect has its own requirements, so weather, mainly rainfall and temperatures that are helpful for one species can work against another. At the same time, some pests have adapted themselves to the indoors to the point where outdoor conditions are of little concern to them.

Washed Away One pest that everyone associates with rain is mosquitoes. The simple rule here is that the more water, the better for them. As outdoor flying insects, mosquitoes can be reduced in number but never completely eliminated. For bugs that live in or lay eggs in the soil, heavy rains are bad news. Annoyances like ants, grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, or cutworms can be either flooded or more likely, develop deadly fungal infections in wet weather. In the case of many ant species, though, they’ll often respond to flooding by relocating indoors. A big surprise is how weather affects insect problems like wasps or flies. You’d think they’re immune to wet weather, but they actually winter over in tight outdoor spaces where moisture can condense, proving fatal to them, too.

The Heat Is On In general, warmth is better for pests than cold. A couple of exceptions are when fluctuating winter temperatures cause hibernating bugs to awaken too early and when summer heat becomes extreme and nears 120 degrees. Permanent indoor residents like cockroaches and bedbugs aren’t concerned with how weather affects insect problems. It’s because of invaders like these and the fact that, given their fast reproduction rates, other pests can quickly bounce back, you’ll need Green Guard Pest Control to keep your home and yard protected from bugs and the damage they can do.

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