Time to stock up on mosquito repellent! This year's mild winter and wet spring will lead to insect pests coming out in full force for much of the US


Exceptionally mild winter temperatures across much of the US will lead to a very buggy spring and summer. 

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual bug barometer - a guide showing expected pest activity throughout the US for the upcoming warmer seasons. 

According to the guide, the mild winter temperatures and periodic heavy precipitation or moisture in most areas will lead to an abundance of pests including mosquitoes, ticks and cockroaches. 


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual bug barometer (pictured) - a guide showing expected pest activity throughout the US for the upcoming warmer seasons

'Ticks, mosquitoes, ants and other pests will be out in full force this spring and summer,' said Dr Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist and vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the NPMA.

'With growing concern over infectious diseases spread by pests such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, Lyme disease and more, diligent prevention and awareness is especially necessary given the high pest populations that are projected for the warmer seasons ahead.' 

To make the Bug Barometer, entomologists with the NPMA combined the biological behavior of pests with the examination of previous weather conditions and forecasted weather to predict how pests will impact the country.  

For the Northeast, the winter was warmer and drier and a portion of the region experienced drought, although many states were wetter than normal. 

Because of this weather, higher tick populations may result from the warm winter. 

A cooler spring may drive occasional bugs like earwigs into homes in search of warmth, and heavy spring showers could also increase standing water, creating the ideal conditions for mosquitoes.

WINTER WEATHER RECAPS AND PREDICTIONS BY REGION 

  • Pacific Northwest: Heavy snowfall in certain areas from Winter Storm Iras. The warmer, drier spring conditions may cause ant populations to be even higher than previous years, as they look for water and food indoors. 
  • Southwest and West Coast: Severe, unusual weather including flooding, mudslides and avalanches. The warmer, wetter spring weather might lead to higher than normal flying pest populations, including mosquitoes and stinging insects, and this will continue through the summer months in the Southwest. Higher levels of rainfall on the West Coast may cause cockroaches and other crawling pests to move into homes.
  • Midwest: Uncommonly warmer temperatures across the region, with instances of extreme weather including damaging winds, hail and heavy snowfall. These conditions, followed by an abnormally warm spring, are expected to give tick populations an early boost. The dry spring and summer weather will result in an increase in ant activity around homes earlier than usual, and the warmer weather will also cause mosquito eggs to hatch sooner.
  • Northeast: Much warmer and drier, with a portion of the region experiencing drought, although many states were wetter than normal. Because of this weather, higher tick populations may result from the warm winter. A cooler spring may drive occasional bugs like earwigs into homes in search of warmth, and heavy spring showers could also increase standing water, creating the ideal conditions for mosquitoes.
  • Southeast: The Southeast was warmer than usual this winter, even at night when temperatures are supposed to drop. States in the Southeast that experience heavy rainfall might see mosquitoes emerge earlier in the spring than usual - and the rain will also provide the ideal conditions for subterranean termites.

Source: National Pest Management Association 

 

The Southeast was warmer than usual this winter, even at night when temperatures are supposed to drop. 

States in the Southeast that experience heavy rainfall might see mosquitoes emerge earlier in the spring than usual - and the rain will also provide the ideal conditions for subterranean termites. 

The Midwest had warmer than usual temperatures, with instances of extreme weather including hail, damaging winds and heavy snowfall. 


The Southeast was warmer than usual this winter, even at night when temperatures are supposed to drop. States in the Southeast that experience heavy rainfall might see mosquitoes (pictured left) emerge earlier in the spring than usual - and the rain will also provide the ideal conditions for subterranean termites (pictured right)

These conditions, followed by an abnormally warm spring, are expected to give tick populations an early boost.  

The dry spring and summer weather will result in an increase in ant activity around homes earlier than usual, and the warmer weather will also cause mosquito eggs to hatch sooner. 

The Southwest and West Coast experienced severe weather this winter, including extreme flooding which led to mudslides and avalanches. 

The warmer and wetter spring may lead to higher than usual flying pest populations, including mosquitoes and stinging insects, and this will continue through the summer months in the Southwest.


The Midwest had warmer than usual temperatures, with instances of extreme weather including hail, damaging winds and heavy snowfall. These conditions, followed by an abnormally warm spring, are expected to give tick (pictured left) populations an early boost. Higher levels of rainfall on the West Coast may cause cockroaches (pictured right) and other crawling pests to move into homes

Higher levels of rainfall on the West Coast may cause cockroaches and other crawling pests to move into homes. 

Finally, the Pacific Northwest, including parts of the Rocky Mountains, experiences heavy snowfall from Winter Storm Iras. 

But despite this, upcoming warmer and drier spring conditions may cause ant populations to be even higher than previous years as they look for food and water indoors. 


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4379694/Insects-pests-set-come-force-spring.html

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