We’re in the middle of summer in South Africa and you might have noticed increased pest activity in and around your home. Why is it that pests like the warmer weather? Pest Control Specialists South Africa dives into the top 4 reasons why pests like cockroaches, ants, termites and rodents thrive during summer months.
1. Higher Temperatures
The increase in temperature during spring and summer directly affects the development and behavior of many common pests. Typical household pests feed more actively during the warm summer months while food is plentiful in preparation for the cold winter where natural foods become scares.
- More Sunlight
Summer means more hours of sunlight since the days are longer and nights shorter. This creates more natural vegetation, bringing with it more vegetation pests such as mealybugs, white flies, aphids & mosquitos which in turn attract predator pests such as spiders, geckos, lady bugs etc.
3. Additional Moisture
Pests require both food and water for survival and therefore thrive in moist areas. If you live in an area with summer rainfall and high humidity, you can expect to encounter a lot of unwanted visitors. Things like moisture/ damp problems in walls as well as plumbing leaks should be attended to ASAP as this too attracts pests.
4. Pest Lifecycle
Many pests are cold-blooded which means they are affected by the weather. The result: increased activity during the warmer months of the year. Egg incubation periods as well as the time between the laying of eggs is also reduced. Ant colonies will increase in size before winter to ensure their colony survives these months as they become dormant.
Not all pests are dangerous, destructive or carry diseases, some may just be a nuisance to humans. However, to decrease activity around your home, follow these prevention tips.
1. Debris buildup in gutters become a moist breeding ground so make sure to clear them regularly
2. Trim plants growing against your property to prevent hidden entry points
3. Remove and prevent standing water around the house
- Ensure tight-fitting lids for your trash cans
Alternatively, for assistance with getting rid of any pest infestation in your home get in touch with the Pest Control Pros today!