Will Mild Weather Bring Early Insect Infestations?

It seems as if the weather is becoming more and more unusual. For example, in the UK, we’ve been experiencing and oddly mild winter. These warm temperatures can affect many things, one of them being insects. Yes, due to this, there’s a far greater chance of early insect infestations. But what do you need to know about this and how can it affect you?  

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Why mild weather leads to insect infestations

There’s a simple rule of thumb when it comes to insects. Basically, warm weather increases their numbers, and cold weather decreases their numbers. This is simply because warm weather allows insects to survive and therefore breed. They are also able to breed faster in warm weather.

Compare this to colder temperatures, which kills insects and make it harder for them to survive. This is why you’ve probably noticed that insects go away when it’s winter. So, the bottom line is that yes, milder temperatures can lead to early and increased insect infestations.

Things to do to avoid insect infestations at home 

With the balmy temperatures we’re experiencing right now, there’s a good chance that this could affect UK homeowners. If you’re not careful, then you may have to deal with insect infestations – even though it’s still winter and the cold affects pests.

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Also realise that winter will eventually end. We get closer to spring every day, and this increases the risk of insects. Warmer weather means that insects could bother you in early spring, whereas they would normally only show up in late spring. Ultimately, this is something that you should be aware of. Along with that, it’s important that you take preventative measures against these early insect infestations, such as decluttering.

The best way to do this is by blocking all entryways into your home. Pests need a way to get into the house. They usually do this by coming in through holes and cracks, or loose bricks, wood, and so on. They also enter through things like windows, doors, drains, and areas around pipes.  

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Start by examining the outer walls of your home as part of your pest control inspection. If you see any obvious entry points, then seal these up. Also repair anything that is broken or damaged. At the same time, think about doors and windows. You may want to invest in screens for your doors and windows.

Something you should also pay attention to is your garden. During winter, you garden may not be overgrown, but it could still be a mess. Pests will hide and breed in this rubbish and then enter the home, so clean things up. Also, if you have a wood pile, then move it away from your home. Never store wood against the house. Pests, like beetles, love to hide in wood. Finally, remove all sources of excess water, because this will also attract pests.

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