Ants on a wood wall in Des Moines, IA

From epic festivals and events to outdoor adventures, summer is a joyful time in Des Moines. Summer offers an abundance of sunny days for your family and friends to enjoy. However, the late summer can bring along a surge in various pests that can disrupt outdoor activities and invade your homes. These unwelcome summer pests appreciate the warm weather and are more likely to invade your property during this season.

Common Types of Late Summer Pests:

There are many types of pests in the Des Moines area. The more common types of summer pests, along with information about their late summer behaviors, include: 


During the later months of summer, ant reproduction takes center stage, along with the formation of new colonies. These extensive colonies have the capability to lead to infestations in both your homes and businesses. The small size of these summer pests grants them easy access to structures, thereby posing a threat of structural damage to homes and the potential transmission of bacteria.

Bees, Wasps, and Hornets 

Encounters with bees, wasps, bees, and hornets tend to become more frequent in the later stages of summer. These summer pests can become more aggressive during the summer due to their food sources becoming more scarce.  

Fleas, Ticks, and Mites

Late summer is a time of heightened activity among fleas, ticks, and mites. These small summer pests are capable of transmitting a range of diseases through their bites. The resulting illnesses can cause symptoms that span from slight discomfort to serious afflictions, impacting both humans and pets alike.


As summer enters its later months, it’s common for cockroach infestations to intensify. The warm weather during this period creates an optimal environment for their breeding and mobility. Cockroaches have the ability to contaminate food and different surfaces within households. They are widely known as spreaders of bacteria. This could lead to health risks such as foodborne illnesses, gastrointestinal problems, and allergic reactions.


Warm temperatures during the late summer provide an ideal environment for spiders. Spiders will actively search for shelter in the summer heat, often seeking refuge inside homes and businesses. The warm climate also draws in the very insects that serve as their prey. The existence of spiders can be an indicator of a potential underlying pest problem that is luring them in.


Though termite swarming can happen year-round, it’s most common in the spring and summer. The late summer months provide the warm weather and high humidity that termites prefer to create their colonies. If a termite colony is near your home, their tunnels will lead to its foundations, walls, framing, and floors. If not treated immediately, this can eventually lead to the destruction of your home. 


Mosquitos thrive in the late summer. The summer temperature speeds up their reproduction patterns, allowing them to lay more eggs. The warmer weather also means Iowans are spending more time outside, which increases the risk of mosquito bites. These summer pests spread germs through their bites. Viruses such as West Nile and parasites such as malaria can be dangerous for both people and their pets. 

Take Preemptive Action   

Don’t wait for summer pests to invade your home. Take proactive steps to protect your property from summer pest invasions. Contact the skilled professionals at Springer Professional Home Services for expert assistance and year-round pest management solutions.

Late Summer Pests in Des Moines

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