As the temperatures drop outside you may be fooled into thinking that termites will either hibernate or be killed off by the cold temperatures. Unfortunately, the cold temps can make your home even more of a target because termites are seeking warmth from your home. It’s true they aren’t as active and don’t swarm until the spring, but they aren’t dormant and don’t hibernate for the winter. Instead, they retreat to their nests until the temperatures warm up.
Many people believe that they don’t need pest control in the cold winter months because many pests such as wasps and scorpions aren’t in sight. However, a little continued pest maintenance in the winter months will help homeowners prepare for the warmer weather. Some pests like to hibernate in your home during the colder weather. Spiders and rodents tend to make their way indoors and take up residence creating a problem for all the humans living in the home.
Wasp stings are a serious threat to public health due to a large number of people having an allergic reaction to them. Allergic reactions account for roughly a quarter-million emergency room visits each year. Unfortunately, of those allergic reactions approximately 100 people die annually. Contrary to belief, wasps are not necessarily aggressive unless their colony is threatened. When the colony is threatened a coordinated assault is launched on the perceived predator. When this happens, the release of alarm pheromones is released attracting other colony defenders to the intruder. One of the more aggressive stinging insects is the yellow jacket. People that are allergic to them should be especially careful from August through October when the yellow jacket numbers peak due to looking for food sources to take back to the developing queens. Just like wasps, they don’t attack unless threatened.
There are about 55 species of cockroaches found in the United States and fortunately, only six species are typically found in Arkansas. These six species are the German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, the American cockroach, the smokybrown cockroach, the oriental cockroach, and woods cockroaches. They have a lifespan of six months to 18 months leaving very little time for them to hibernate. That’s why when the temperatures start to go down, cockroaches tend to show up. The largest roach species found in Arkansas is the American cockroach. Although these guys can tolerate cold weather and some can even live in below-freezing temperatures for a short time, they prefer to stay warm. What better place to find that perfect 70-degree environment than in your home?
Have you noticed an increase in spiders during September? Although you may notice them more, there are not necessarily suddenly more spiders, just more sightings. Most spiders live for just one year. They hatch from eggs in the spring, grow and mature during the warmer months, reach maturity in summer or fall and seek mates to reproduce. The reason for more sightings is that the males are looking for female mates. After mating, the females lay eggs in an egg sac and most of the mature spiders die. The cycle resumes in the spring when the eggs hatch. This is the general cycle of spiders, of course, some species and occurrences can deviate a bit, but overall this is how a spider’s life cycle goes.
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