Here in the Midwest we have been enjoying and speculating about our unusually warm winter this year. We’ve heard many people say they are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Could it mean that we will get slammed with a blizzard in March or will our summer be blazing hot? One question we’ve been asking, if the mild weather continues, will we be hit with higher numbers of pesky bugs?
Many homes in the area have noticed the early appearance of spring flowers. In fact one of our friends in Yorkville, IL posted a picture on Facebook of a crocus last week. He was so surprised by the purple flower he actually thought it was a candy wrapper because it was so early. If plants and trees are budding early, the insects won’t be far behind.
Christian Krupke, an entomologist from Purdue University, says the insects that spend the winter just below the soil’s surface will have a better chance of surviving this year. This means that we could expect to see higher numbers of these types of insects in the next couple months.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is predicting increased numbers for several homeinvading pests. Among them are boxelder bugs, Asian beetles, ants, termites, wasps and even ticks.
Several states have even reported tick sightings, which is especially worrisome as people head outdoors to enjoy the weather and are unprepared for tick encounters, said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.
However, an article from Iowa State University states that is actually very hard to predict if insect populations will be higher this summer because there are so many factors to consider. Very warm days like we had in January can cause insects to become active at a time when they won’t find food. That means they burned through fat stores and will not have enough energy reserves to survive the rest of the winter and be fit to resume activity in the spring.
Regardless how warm or cold the winter turns out, you can be certain of one thing. There will be bugs and unfortunately for some of us they will find a way to invade our homes.
The NPMA lists several ways to help protect your home from these early emerging bugs.
- Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of a building.
- Keep mulch at least 15-inches from the foundation.
- Seal cracks and small openings along the bottom of the house.
- Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
- Keep tree branches and other plants trimmed back from the house.
- Keep indoor and outdoor trash containers clean and sealed.
- Screen windows and doors.
If you begin to see signs of unwanted guests in your home, give us a call and we will be happy to inspect your house and suggest the best and safest solution to your pest problem. Quik Kill Pest Eliminators 800-525-0505