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How Do Different Types of Seasons Affect Pests?

We all have had encounters with pests, whether it has been with cockroaches, rats, or even bed bugs. However, have you ever taken a moment to think that pests, like humans, also get affected by the weather or the season we are in?

How does the season affect pests?

The most important and favourable season for pests is spring. They view this as their awakening and mating season. They awaken from their long hibernation of winter and as soon as the temperature rises the average household pests move out of their hiding place and into the people’s homes or businesses. This season is also commonly known as a mating season, and this includes pests. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you try and spot the pests as soon as possible in and around your house to terminate them. Otherwise, you will need professional pest control to intervene.

Next up, Summer. Cape Town is known to be warm, dry, and mostly clear in this season, making it perfect conditions for pests like wasps, and cockroaches to thrive. Even though there are fewer pests in your house they are still everywhere outdoors. However, you will quickly meet the acquaintance if a sudden downpour happens during the summer, and they need shelter. The most known pest to be a huge problem in summers, are ants, cockroaches, rodents, and wasps. Summer and Spring are the most active months for wasps. This is a huge problem as wasps are known to be dangerous. Therefore, if you ever find a hive in your home or close by, it is safer to call pest control to come and remove them. In addition, cockroaches also love the summer as they breed vastly in these climates, and it is viewed as a health hazard. If you spot more than one you should phone experts to come and terminate them as they are known to breed at great speeds and carry many diseases.

After summer we get Autumn, by this time of year, pests generally start getting less active due to the cooler climate and winter preparation commences. One of these pests is spiders. Most of them will try to hide in dark, warm places inside the walls and cracks. In addition to spiders, mice and rats tend to shelter in residential and commercial properties. Spiders are known to be scary, but in fact, there are but a few that are really dangerous, and usually, an infestation is quickly solvable. When you see signs of mice or rats, for example, droppings or strong-smelling ammonia-like smells then it is usually a good indicator of an infestation. Baits need to be placed to rid your property of such infestation as fast as possible. Rats breed extremely fast producing a litter of 12 babies 6 times per year. In order to prevent them from coming into your home, you should try and close openings in floors, attics, foundations, and floors that you know can create easy access for them. Another spot that is a popular place for them is the roof and you should also keep a close eye or ear on it. Rats are nocturnal and thus if you have activity during the night like gnawing, scratching, or thumbing you can be certain that there is either a mouse or a rat in your ceiling.

Lastly, we get Winter. Wintertime is generally a very quiet time for pests as most of them are hibernating as food as not as abundant as in the warmer months. We are noticing that the weather is not as constant as it used to be with hotter days in between cold days and vice versa making trends in some insect and animal behaviour very erratic. This causes winter to have strange outbreaks of all different kinds of pests.

Conclusion – Prevention

Remove any debris around the house for example old rubble, piles of planks.

Make sure the grass is kept short especially against the boundary of the house. Sewage drains need to opened and inspected twice a year. Inspections on the inside of your roof need to be conducted if there are any sounds heard, do not delay because if it is a rodent infestation they might cause more damage than you think, gnawing on wires is a common occurrence with rodents as their teeth never stop growing and they have to shorten their teeth to keep living.

Knowing more about pest behaviour, you are now equipped with the knowledge to act before pests become a problem.

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How Do Different Types of Seasons Affect Pests?

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