Weather Conditions Impact Pest PopulationsJanay Rickwalder
Monday, April 29, 2013
From hurricanes and snowstorms to summer heat and droughts,
weather conditions have a large effect on pest populations around
the country – and in turn, consumers and homeowners.
Hot and dry conditions send pests indoors seeking moisture and
cooler temperatures; excessive rain creates the ideal breeding
ground for mosquitoes; and snow forces rodents to find food, water and
shelter in homes.
Over the past few years, different regions have experienced some
of these extreme scenarios. In fact, record-breaking temperatures
and dry conditions in 2012 resulted in an increase in
spider populations, especially in the Midwest and southern
regions of the United States. Now, recent
heavy spring rains in Illinois and Indiana may bring out swarms