Insects Affected By Warming World

Scientists are discovering that global warming is having an effect on many major parts of our environment, especially insects.Beetle

Insects are primarily pests and they do cause great deal of annoyance to our daily lives.

From damaging the foundations of our homes to infesting our kitchens, insects result in issues.

However, we also must acknowledge that through extensive research, it is clear that insects do play a critical role in the environment. However, the recent decline in global warming could pose as a problem for insects.

Insects are failing to reproduce because they are unable to move from extremely heated environment as juveniles.

Being unable to travel great distances as juveniles thus prevents them from mating and reproducing.

Researchers have indicated that many insect species that are in the juvenile stage are unable to move away from their immediate environment due to being larvae or small nymphs without wings. This equates to these insects virtually being stuck where they are.

If insects are unable to reproduce, the results would severely damaging and changing our ecosystem.

When a study was conducted on two species of fruit flies, the study was put into place to examine the effect of increased ambient temperature rises on two populations of fruit flies. The two types of fruit flies included in the study were one from Spain and another from Sweden.

The findings of the study showed that the Swedish fruit fly evolved in a colder temperature and were less resistant to extreme weather changes. The southern Spanish fruit flies, however, were more resistant to the extreme heat.

More research is needed in order to provide further information on how the rising temperatures affect insects but it has been made clear that increasing temperatures are playing a direct role.

Comfort Pest Control has reliable and safe ways of removing pests from your home. If you are finding insects to have invaded your home, contact us today and we will set up a consultation with you.are

Where Insects Go During the Winter

In the warm summer months, insects are often buzzing around our heads, circling our picnic tables, and hovering around our ankles. However, as winter settles in, insects seem to slowly disappear. The question is: where do they go? Where Insects Go During the Winter

Most insects manage to survive, although they all survive winter in different ways. Some insects survive as eggs, some insects survive as larvae, and some insects survive just as they are, and some insects don’t survive at all.

Many Insects Travel

Many insects survive the cold by doing whatever they can to escape it. Many butterflies and dragonflies migrate south when cool weather approaches, similar to how people often vacation in winter months. North American Monarch Butterflies actually travel to Central Mexico each winter to seek out warmer temperatures, traveling many miles to get there. Some insects travel underground. A variety of aquatic insects choose to spend winter at the bottom of ponds. The water does not freeze at the bottom and they can remain warm.  Other insects burrow deep into soil, far under the frost. 

Many Insects Stay Put

While many insects do put a plan of action into place as temperatures start to drop, other insects don’t do anything at all. Some insects just continue to live as they always have. These insects often burrow into the snow in search of a warm place next to a leaf or a patch of grass.  Some insects just linger and rest on the surface of snow. These insects manage to survive the winter and are very much alive throughout the season. Other insects seek shelter, such as our home, and spend the winter months there unless we discover them.

Many Insects Freeze

Many insects go into something referred to as “diapause.” Diapause is when an insect remains dormant in a semi-frozen state until it is able to thaw out in the spring. This survival method is a bit rarer than the others, but it is done. These insects survive freezing temperatures by essentially freezing themselves. These insects have a high concentration of glycerol in the blood which sort of serves as an antifreeze.

Many Insects Die

For many insects, the winter is a cold reminder that their life is coming to an end. Many insects die in winter months, leaving eggs behind. These eggs replace the old insects with a new generation in the spring. Many insects, such as crickets, lay eggs in the soil around winter time and die out and then those eggs hatch in the spring replacing the previous cricket population.

All insects do a variety of things to survive the winter and some do not survive at all. If you face a pest problem this winter, contact Comfort Pest Control and we can take care of it.

Why Insects Fear Winter’s Arrival

In the summer, ants always come marching into your home. Your summer picnics probably had several unwanted guests in attendance, wings and all. Insects thrive in the summer weather with plenty of food, sunlight, warmth, and water to support them. However, winter provides cold temperatures and harsh weather, leaving insects desperate for an escape plan from the great outdoors.

Hibernate
Many insects in the colder portions of the United States avoid winter all together by hibernating. These insects choose to go dormant in the winter. Most become either freeze-susceptible or freeze-tolerant. If they are freeze-susceptible, they are able to use antifreeze compounds within their body to supercool their body fluids above freezing point. Insects that are freeze-tolerant do not freeze but the fluid around their living cells does. When insects hibernate, they often slow down their metabolism to conserve all of their energy into a deep sleep. When temperatures warm again, they will wake.

Migrate
Some insects choose to migrate in the winter months. Many people that live55410367 - pink butterfly in the northern part of the country choose to go to Florida in the winter months and bugs are no different. Insects leave their homes when cooler temperatures kick in, seeking warmer temperatures before the first snowfall. Monarch butterflies are known specifically for their migration habits. The entire colony migrates and lives the remainder of their lives in a warmer climate, although they do not live very long. Insects often migrate to warmer climates and different bugs, born to the previous insects during the winter, return in their place in the spring.

Invade

Many insects choose to stay in their designated environments all year round, must to humans disgust. Since the insects can’t stay outside and survive in the winter, they choose to come inside and make themselves at home in our homes. Many insects including ladybugs, cluster flies, and spiders will force themselves inside as temperatures cool. They seek shelter and warmth within walls, attics, basements, and living rooms. Many of us find ourselves killing bugs frequently in the winter as well, and this is because those bugs have settled in the corners of our homes.

If you start to discover that many insects chose the “invade” option, contact Comfort Pest Control and we will help you kick them out.