Rain and Pests: What You Need to Know

Insects and similar pests are always a nuisance. The rain can have different effects on different pests. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about rain and pest. How Rain Affects Pests

Different species of pests are affected by rain differently. Some pests thrive when the rain comes down and in its aftermath. For example, excessive rainfall in an area tends to be followed by a problematic mosquito population. Mosquitoes thrive in wet areas and even lay their eggs in standing water. So, the more rainfall there is, the more mosquitoes there will be. However, some pests do not like to be near water and tend to seek shelter in dry areas, such as your house or garage.

Pests That Love Rain

Like the aforementioned mosquitoes, some pests breed when it is wet. Usually, these pests need standing water to lay their eggs. To successfully breed, any amount of standing water is sufficient, so they are attracted to puddles that develop in the rain. They are also drawn to standing water that builds up in flower pots, bird baths, and clogged gutters. Some pests that thrive when it rains include:

  • Mosquitoes.
  • Cockroaches.
  • Sowbugs.
  • Centipedes.
  • Fleas.
  • Ticks.

Pests That Hate Rain

Just because some pests thrive in rain, others are adversely affected by it. Pests that live underground will often get flooded out of their homes when heavy rains come. These pests need to leave the safety of their homes and seek new shelter above ground. For example, ants that build complicated tunnel systems underground will see their hard work fall apart in the rain. They are forced to the surface to find a new place to start construction again. Before they can find a new place to start a home, they seek refuge someplace drier. Rodents are another type of pest that do not like rain. When the rain starts to fall, mice, rats, and other small rodents seek shelter of safe, warm places, like the basements of houses. Even insects like earwigs and springtails who like to be in warm, damp areas can seek shelter inside when rain gets too heavy for them.

The Relationship Between Rain, Pests and Your Home

Whether a pest thrives in the rain or seeks shelter from it, your home is vulnerable to them. Mosquitoes that breed in standing water near your home can quickly turn spending time outside into an unpleasant experience. Your house can also quickly get infested with rodents and other pests that are seeking shelter from the rain. Either way, you need to be proactive in your battle to keep your home free of pests. Your best bet is to call a professional exterminator at the first sign of a problem.

If you need to get rid of pests that affected by the rain, or if you want to proactively keep them away before they show up, contact the professionals at Eden Spokane. We can come to your house, assess the situation and make sure your home is pest free in no time.

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