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How does temperature affect insects?

September 1st, 2017 by Mike MacDonald in Ants, Bed Bugs, Minnesota, Pest Control Services, Spiders

As seasons change and temperatures change inside and outside of your home, it can make a big impact on what happens to pests. This post goes over some answers of how does temperature affect insects and pests.

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Temperature changes can cause pests to enter your home

The most common thing that happens for a wide variety of pests is that as temperature changes, they will look for a new place to live and more often than not, that’s in your home.

When the seasons change, pests will either not be able to survive the cold in the case of fall and winter, or as temperatures warm up, they will have more freedom to seek out new food sources and shelter.

Your home unfortunately becomes a target in either case. Often during season changes like spring and fall, many people tend to leave windows and doors open. This causes insects and pests to have easy access points into your home.

Your goal should be to keep them out during these transition times and focusing on exclusion and sealing cracks and crevices of where these insects and pests get in.

How does temperature affect insects like bed bugs?

Bed bugs aren’t like some pests in the sense that they would be entering your home as seasons change, but temperature does affect them as well. Extreme heat is actually a very effective way to kill bed bugs.

Over time bed bugs have developed various resistances to chemical and traditional treatments pest control companies have used to treat for bed bugs. Unfortunately, many of these treatments are both dangerous and potentially hazardous to your family, but also losing their effectiveness for killing bed bugs due to their adaptive nature.

Heat has been shown to be both effective and safer for your family as a new treatment for bed bugs. At Rove Pest Control, it is one of the ways we treat and remove bed bugs from your home. Our state-of-the-art heat treatment system can kill off unwanted bed bugs and leave your home safe for reentry after a mere few hours after treatment.

How lower temperatures affect ants and spiders

You may notice that as temperatures start to transition from summer to fall, you will start to see more ants and spiders. This is caused by the dropping temperatures.

As temperatures drop, food and shelter sources become less readily available for pests like spiders and ants. This means that as insects move indoors, spiders will follow. The same goes for ants – as the temperatures drop, it is harder for them to survive and they will be looking to move into your home and start feeding from food sources there.

This is one of the reasons we really recommend getting a perimeter treatment around your home to set up a barrier to kill pests as they try to enter your home this time of year. Getting a treatment like this doesn’t mean you will never see an ant or spider again, but it can greatly reduce their numbers and make it much harder for them to take hold and start nesting in your home.

A barrier treatment can keep your home pest free and the addition of a few inside treatments can help you get rid of the ones that already did before it’s too late and you have an infestation on your hand.

How does temperature affect insects like box elder bugs?

Another common pest that causes trouble this time of year are box elder bugs. During the day, these bugs tend to cluster on the sunny sides of homes to stay warm, and when temperatures drop and the sun goes down they will try and get inside your home.

They will enter through cracks and cervices, trough windows, broken screens, and even have been known to hide under the siding of your home. When temperatures drop this fall, you might want to look into getting treated for box elder bugs as they will be looking for a new home this winter.

These box elder bugs can hide out and go into hibernation under siding or throughout your home and when the heat kicks in, in a month or two, these bugs actually think it’s spring time and can come out of hibernation. They will then try and force themselves deeper into your home to soak in the warmer temperatures.

It’s certainly easier to keep them out in the beginning before they make their way in, rather than trying to remove them once they are inside this winter. Having the outside of your home treated can go a long way towards preventing pest issues in your home this winter.

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