In the Pacific Northwest, November is known for being the wettest month of the year. This rainfall can have various effects on pest activity and behaviors. Understanding where bugs go during the rainy season helps you better prepare to keep your home pest-free this winter.
During heavy rainfall, many bugs seek shelter and protection from the rain. Many bugs are affected by moisture as it can make it more difficult to fly or move around. This usually affects their daily activities and forces them to hide. Many bugs will hide under leaves, bark, or other covered areas nearby. Because bugs spend so much of their time hiding during the rainy season, it naturally reduces their daily activity for an extended amount of time. Bugs will usually remain in their covered area until the rain has completely stopped or becomes less intense to continue their daily activities.
Many pests, like spiders, boxelder bugs, silverfish, and rodents, will find shelter within people’s homes. Buildings and structures provide perfect protection and warmth from the rain and colder temperatures for insects and rodents. During the winter months, it is important to thoroughly inspect your home and ensure that any cracks and gaps are properly sealed. Insects and rodents can squeeze through the tightest of cracks and crevices. Use materials such as caulk to ensure that everything is intact. You may also consider using weatherstripping to ensure that all windows and doors are sealed tight.
It can also be helpful to keep your lawn clean of fallen debris, especially piles that may be close to your home’s foundation. Keeping your lawn area clean will limit the amount of places bugs can hide and seek shelter during the rainy season. Consider raking leaves regularly and keeping fallen leaves or wood away from the home. This will help prevent pests from seeking shelter near your home’s foundation, which could lead the pests closer inside.
If you are experiencing pests inside your home, call your local Insight Pest Solutions today. The best way to take care of pests that have found a way inside is with professional pest control experts. Our trained technicians know how to treat each pest most effectively.
It is essential to keep your home free of rodents and bugs throughout the winter. When temperatures rise, pests begin to reproduce more frequently and if your home has hidden bugs or rodents inside, the pest activity in your home will most likely increase come spring. By treating your home for bugs now, you can prevent yourself from having a pest infestation within the walls of your own home. For more tips and tricks on how to keep pests out of your home this November, call your local Insight Pest Solutions at (888) 414-1430.