As the weather starts to heat up, the types of pests we see in homes and businesses in Roseville begin to change. This is because insects that stay dormant during colder months become more active and start to seek out new habitats and food sources. Many pests need a place to stay out of the heat as well, and an air conditioned building provides the perfect spot.
The increased number of pests also means increased risks. Many summer pests can bite or sting, spread diseases and bacteria, and generally be an unpleasant problem. These are the pests that most often cause problems during the hot months in Roseville and Sacramento, as well as what you should do to protect yourself from an infestation.
Types of Warm Weather Pests
Our location in the foothills means that cities in Placer County don’t experience the vast temperature extremes that other areas do. This means that changes in pest behavior as seasons change may not be as apparent. Still, there are many insects that will become more prevalent as the weather gets warmer. These include:
- Ants – Ants invade to find cooler temperatures and escape drought conditions common in Roseville during the late summer months. Their dangers can range from bites to contaminated foods and surfaces to structural damage with carpenter ants.
- Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes have a narrow temperature range they can tolerate. They prefer weather that is at least over 60 degrees. They emerge in late spring when rains have provided plenty of water for them to breed in but temperatures are consistently warm. In addition to their itchy bites, mosquitoes in Roseville carry West Nile Virus and other diseases.
- Bees and Wasps – Honey bees and those that rely on pollen for food become more active as flowers and shrubs begin blooming. Wasps like yellow jackets often become an unwanted guest at summer picnics, attracted to the sugars that make up their late summer season diet.
- Flies – All species of flies become more active in the summer as warmer temperatures are more comfortable for them and speed the gestation period of fly larvae. During the summer, it can take 4 days for flies to hatch and mature to adults, making the breeding period significantly shorter when the weather is warm.
- Fleas and Ticks – Whether you have a pet or not, you are more likely to encounter fleas and ticks in your home during spring and summer. They prefer milder temperatures and humidity. Many people and their pets spend more time outdoors during these months as well, which increases your chances of picking up a tick or flea and bringing it home where it can spread various diseases.
The number of summer pests in Roseville means your home can face all kinds of pest challenges between March and October, and preparing for them on your own can be impossible. There are options for exclusion to close up holes insects use to come into your home and you can focus on keeping your home free of foods that might attract flies or ants.
But most of the insects that come into homes and yards during the summer can find a way to get in and a suitable habitat in even the best kept homes. The different insect species are adaptable and used to living around humans. They can find the resources they need at almost any home.
To keep your home or business protected from insects during the summer, ongoing pest control is the best choice. ADAPT Pest Management uses bi-monthly pest control treatments to secure the perimeter of your home against every common summer pest. Because services are year round, we also protect against those pests that are aggressive in other seasons or all year long. Contact us today to make sure your home is safe against pests this summer.