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How Weather Affects Pest Control in Florida

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Weather is a fickle thing in South Florida.

How do you work with the erratic climate of South Florida? You go inside, hunker down, and hope the sun comes out soon so you can get on with your day.

When the passing of a minute can literally dictate whether the climate goes from sunny to overarching thunderstorms, conditions are nearly unpredictable. But what does that mean for your property and any potential pests?

Rain keeps everyone on their toes, and like we do, makes them head for somewhere to keep from getting wet. But heat can also make situations dangerous for homeowners, as pests have ways of keeping themselves going.

  • Mosquitoes:
    – Breed in water
    – Any small amount of water around a property can potentially hold eggs/larvae

It’s a twofold problem with heavy rain and mosquitoes. The first issue is that heavy rain can soak a property and create thousands of potential breeding areas for mosquitoes.

The second issue is that any method of treating and controlling local populations goes down the drain due to the humid conditions.

Rodents:

– Breed quickly in warm conditions
– Can cause large amounts of property damage

Rodents like warm, comfortable places to hide out when the weather gets rough. Mice and rats take to either hiding in the overgrown brush that comes from heavy rainfall, or scurrying into your home to keep dry.

Your closets, inner walls, and other similar places may soon become a den for hundreds of rodents trying to sustain their numbers.

Ants:
– Rain drives ants to shelter
– Often into buildings, around property

Ants and people are alike in one major fashion; rain makes us want to head inside. With the weather turning to heavy rain, ants are slowly rising up and trying to seek shelter to keep themselves dry.

Sometimes they move to another hill, burrow into a tree, or invade the cracks and fissures of a home’s foundation to settle there.

While this makes it a perfect day to be an exterminator, any unlucky homeowner who gets their home filled with ants would think otherwise.

Wasps:
– Naturally aggressive and territorial
– Will seek shelter in hard to reach spaces of a home

Wasps tend to search for the most isolated spots of a home when it comes to making their nests. With their usual territorial behavior taking place if anyone, including a family member or pet comes nearby, they are already dangerous.

But, as it does in South Florida, the heat can also bring many issues into the fold. Like bees, the increased heat of summer agitates wasps, and makes them more aggressive.

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