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Why Are Pests More Active In Summer?

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Every season comes with its own issues, and summer is no different. Many pests seem more noticeable during this time, and research shows that it is mainly due to physiological and other external factors. Rodents, in particular, get worse in the warmer months, with 29% of the population currently dealing with it. So, what accounts for this pest infestation? Below are some reasons.

  • Biological and feeding functions increase in the summer

According to research, 85% of pests use the summer months to reproduce and populate their colonies. While some come out searching for mating partners, others take advantage of the warmth to search for food for their young ones and ‘restock their food supplies.’ Pests like rodents and bugs are often in this category. This happens as a preparation for the colder months that may restrict their movement and food search. When the weather is warmer at this time of the year, you may want to take preventive measures against pest infestation in your home.

  • Longer daylight hours extend feeding times and activity levels

Science tells us that there are longer daylight hours during summer because the Northern Hemisphere leans more towards the sun. Therefore, because the United States is located in the northern and western hemispheres, daylight is extended in the summer months. So, how does this impact pest activity? More daylight hours mean they get extended feeding times. As funny as it sounds, pests also enjoy longer outdoor hours when it’s nice and warm. Even with a highly-developed sense of smell, rodents rely on daylight to search for food. A report by says rats and mice have very poor eyesight. Therefore, they depend heavily on daylight to move around. 

If you notice these little creatures in your home, it is a good idea to find an exterminator to rid it of these disease-spreading pests. Additionally, it is advisable to clear debris and food pieces from within and around your home. More attention should be given to your trash cans and the surrounding areas. Additionally, you may want to trim tree branches that extend to your roof and windows. Some pests can crawl on long branches to get access to your home.

  • The search for cooler places during high summer temperatures

According to research, insect pests do not thrive in temperatures above 97 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, weather values measuring 90 degrees Fahrenheit can be deadly for mammal pests. However, in many cases, both bugs and rodents find temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, the average summer temperature in the US measures 73.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Considering this information, it is quite clear why these pests come out looking for cooler places. Therefore, if your home is exposed (crevices, cracks, damaged roof), they will find their way indoors.

Pests are hosts to a myriad of disease-causing microorganisms. Therefore, it pays to ensure that you take steps to keep them far away from your dwelling. Sometimes, you can get rid of them with homemade or store-bought repellent. However, you should contact experts if things get out of hand.

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