What Do Bugs Think of Heat?

Summer may be approaching its end in Gainesville, but is likely to stay warm for several more weeks at least. This means that the pest season is far from over.

The combination of warmth and humidity creates a perfect environment for some pests, while others can suffer in the heat. Unfortunately, both of these responses to heat can be a problem for local homeowners.

Pests that Thrive in the Heat

Northern Virginia’s climate creates a subtropical environment that can be great for certain pests. Mosquitoes and cockroaches in particular do well in this environment. Insects like flies will reproduce faster as temperatures go up. This means more of these bugs in the area around your home, increasing your chance of infestation. It also means that if there are flies and other insects, they can spread faster and more quickly grow out of control.

These problems will generally persist until temperatures start to cool down and these pest species die off or go dormant for the winter.

Which Pests Dislike Heat

Not all pets thrive in the heat. Pests like earwigs, centipedes, and spiders prefer to be in places cool, ideally with a little bit of moisture. But rather than dying off outside, these pests can instead become the source of your pest control problems. The inclement weather outdoors forces bugs and wildlife to find a more comfortable place to live and these pests move indoors.

Your home can provide shelter from warm temperatures and summer storms, and offers a chance to find food. For this reason, pest problems often get worse as the summer goes on because the number of pests reaches its peak while food and other resources become scarce. As a result, pest season is still going on and is likely to get worse before winter.

Ongoing pest control offers the most effective way of managing bugs and rodents. At ExtermPRO, our bi-monthly and quarterly pest control will create a barrier around your home with eco-friendly pest treatments to make sure all of these summer pests are effectively kept out. Contact our team to get started with a free quote.