Different seasons of the year bring different pest problems. Because most pests have predictable habits, you can plan ahead before they become a problem. Knowing which pests are prevalent at different times helps you develop an effective pest-control strategy.
At springtime, you need to be on guard for the following pests:
In spring, termites begin mating and building new colonies. This is their “swarming season”, as they prefer warm weather, especially after rain.
Springtime is also when clothes moths begins breeding.
An interesting fact about clothes moths: The larvae, not the adult moths, damage fabrics and clothes.
Read more: How to prevent and get rid of moths
Pigeons’ mating season occurs each springtime. As pigeon numbers increase, so does the amount of droppings they leave behind. This can become a dangerous source of diseases.
Other spring pests
Other common spring pests include stinging insects, ants and cockroaches. Increased travel at this time of year can lead to bed bug infestations as well. Also, during a cold spring, rodents might come indoors seeking warmth and shelter.
Many pests enjoy the warm, lazy, hazy days to summer, including:
Mosquitoes become very common in summer. The warm weather leads to an increase in mosquito eggs. Mosquito bites can lead to irritating itches
Read more: How to prevent mosquitoes and midges
Although ant season usually starts in spring, they don’t become a serious problem until the summer. They begin to breed and build new colonies. In July, you’re likely to see swarms of flying ants.
Read more: How to get rid of ants
Although cockroaches can be problem at any time of the year, they breed during the summer. A cockroach infestation brings many problems, such as food-borne illnesses and allergic reactions.
Flies also breed during the summer, and you can see large swarms of them during these months. They can be an unsightly problem and spread disease.
Read more: How to get rid of flies in your house
Bed bugs can become a problem at any time of the year. However, increased travel and hotel stays during the summer can lead to an increase in infestations. Bed bugs can easily move from hotel beds to travellers’ luggage.
Read more: How to prevent bed bug bite when travelling
Other summer pests
The warm weather can also lead to flea problems, a particular nuisance for pet owners. Birds and rodents are also active during the summer.
As the cold autumn days draw in, many pests start to seek shelter indoors. Common pests at this time of year include:
These bugs, as their name suggests, can raise quite a stink if they infest your premises. When threatened, they release a strong-smelling, foul liquid that repels attackers. The smell is likely to repel your customers too! Stink bugs also damage crops, making them a serious worry for the agriculture sector.
Many people are afraid of spiders, and in the autumn, spiders tend to move indoors in search of warmth. Also, this is prime mating time for spiders.
Most pests move indoors during the autumn, searching for warmth, shelter and food. Fleas can become a serious problem for pet owners.
Other autumn pests
The cold winter chill leads to many pests migrating indoors. At this time of year, you need to prepare for the following pests:
Rats are possibly the most serious winter pest, because they can cause a lot of damage to property, as well as spread dangerous diseases. Rats are powerful rodents and can damage electrical machinery, leading to production problems and safety risks.
Mice also migrate inside at this time of year, search for shelter and food. They nibble paper and fabrics, and gnaw on electric wires, causing damage to property. They can also spread germs and cause food contamination.
Other winter pests
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