Although many pests seem to disappear during the winter, most species are actually overwintering, or in a hibernating-like state, as they await the arrival of warmer temperatures and the opportunity to emerge when spring arrives. Weather patterns significantly impact when, and where, these pests become active once springtime hits, and according to the National Pest Management Association, pesky insect populations across the country could well be boosted by this past winter’s wet and remarkably warm weather.
Higher temperatures allow bugs to become more active earlier in the season and excess rainfall creates standing bodies of water where insects like mosquitoes lay their eggs. Similarly, mild winters can also help more bugs find cozy places to hide from the cold, letting fewer insects be exposed to freezing temperatures that could potentially cut their populations down.
Looking at the region-by-region map published by the NPMA, the bug forecast appears fairly gloomy, however with the right preparation, you can keep troublesome pests away when enjoying your favorite summertime activities!