Everyone knows that pests are common in the spring and summer months, but what about in the fall and winter? Infestations actually can spike in the colder parts of the year as pests look to take shelter inside your property. To better prepare yourself for a possible infestation, it’s important to know which pests are common during certain parts of the year. Here in Iowa, we experience pest problems all year long. With information from the NPMA, the team at Springer Professional Home Services is here to share all you need to know about pest seasonality in Des Moines.
Fall and Winter Pest Problems
Our winter months are forecasted to get heavy snowfall this year. According to the NPMA, “Above-average snowfall in the northern part of this region may drive rodents indoors in search of shelter. The mild summer and winter forecast could increase cluster fly activity indoors.” Other pest problems to expect in the fall and winter months ahead include cockroaches and spiders. Because pests will want to shelter indoors to escape our cold temperatures, it’s important to protect your home from them entering.
Spring Pests in Iowa
Pest activity springs back into action once winter comes to an end. Blooming flowers, warming temperatures, and heavy rainfall encourages pests of all kinds to resume activity and reproduce. Here’s the ones to keep an eye out for:
- Termites. Every spring, termites leave their nests to mate and start new colonies. This is called “swarming”.
- Ants. Certain ant species will forage for food in the warmer months. Rainy weather also drives ants out of their colonies and into homes for shelter.
- Bed Bugs. While these are a year-round problem, increased traveling in the springtime always leads to an increase in bed bug activity.
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Summertime Pest Infestations
The summer months in Iowa bring about a lot of pest activity. Summer temperatures cause many types of pest colonies to mature and grow in size. Stay on the lookout for the following pests:
- Mosquitoes. These parasitic insects lay more eggs in the summer and tend to be our biggest pest problem this time of year.
- Stinging insects. Wasps, bees, and hornets are at full force in the summertime. They can build nests near residential areas.
- Flies. Summer is the peak breeding season for flies. They are infamous for being a nuisance at outdoor summer events.
Seasonal Pest Problems in Des Moines
The nature of our climate year-round leads It’s important to know which pests to keep your eye out for in order to prevent a seasonal pest problem. At Springer, our residential and commercial exterminators can work with you to ensure you are protected from pests all year long. Call us today!