Preparing for Spring Insects

Spring is almost upon us. Not onlyPreparing for Spring Insects does spring bring a lot of things to look forward to, like warmer weather and sunshine, but it also inevitably brings some uninvited guests that are not welcome: insects.

But don’t fear, there are several things you can do to help prepare for these uninvited house guests. Follow these simple steps to prepare for your unwanted guests and to evict them for good.

Spring Cleaning

As temperatures begin to rise, insects become more active, which is primetime for these creepy, crawly critters to look for a nice warm and moist place to crash. When trying to avoid such squatters, plan to give your home a thorough clean. Pay special attention to cabinets, basements, garages, closets and window screens. Also, make sure any food waste has been properly cleaned up and all garbage has been thrown away promptly.

Time to Declutter

Another key element to address to prepare for the possibility of spring insects is decluttering your home. As items accumulate, they become prime spots for insects to congregate and take refuge in. By decluttering your home, you will eliminate some problem areas that could be a higher threat for spring insects.

Inspect For Potential Problem Areas

Insects can invade your home in several ways, so make sure to inspect and address any potential problem areas that could make that invasion easier. As you do your spring cleaning, make note of areas that need to be addressed like cracks, holes, leaky faucets or wood damage. In order to save yourself more time, money and headaches in the long run, it’s best to get these issues fixed promptly.

For more information on how to prepare yourself for spring insects and other pest control needs, visit Comfort Pest Control.

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.