We have had one of the warmest/mildest winters in several years. This makes for enjoyable winter afternoon walks, but what will it do to the insect population that is normally killed off by hard freezes? I think we will have more crawling and flying insects than usual.
Typically most insects don’t immerge until mid March.
But in some areas insects are already starting to become a nuisance. Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association states “Many insects hibernate during the cold winter months, but as this winter has been anything but typical, they may be emerging from their hiding places much earlier than we expected. 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”.
I know in our area, we have spoken to a few of our colleagues and they have reported that they have already had a few termite swarms in February! Our company has not personally had any such sightings, but we will be on the look out for them.
Here are a few suggestions to help keep the insect population around your home or property to a minimum:
1.) Have your home or outside perimeter sprayed a couple of weeks earlier than usual.
2.) Keep your doors shut and make sure you have good screens on your windows.
3.) Seal any cracks or small openings along foundation.
4.) Give us a call if you need more advice on a particular insect or problem. 800-966-9599
5.) Make sure to have a routine pest control service done each year.