Effects of Weather Change on the Population of Insects

Weather change brings in a lot of ups and downs in our daily lifestyle. Be it a minor viral fever, cold and cough or a much more serious health issue, change in weather is a difficult face for us, humans. However, this is not limited to health problems; it can cause damage in many more ways mainly pest infestation to highlight. Any changes in weather are a sign you might face problems of pest infestation in your Central Coast home. Talking specifically of warm weather, it complicates the situation of pest control in Central Coast, NSW.

Rise in temperature, higher precipitation, warmer winters and droughts can lead to pest invasion in a property. On the contrary, not many insects could resist the cold weather which ultimately brings down spring infestations to minimum.    

Effect of cold weather on insects

As per a research in University of Illinois, it was found that insects are cold-blooded creatures and that indicates their body temperature adapts to the environment. In summers when the temperature falls below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, most insects stop developing. In a reverse case when the temperature falls down below the freezing point, insects go dormant. Based on to what specie they belong, insects can’t survive the freezing weather.

For better understanding, insects hatching in spring can resist 20° temperature and turn active at 50°F. The dung beetles and Japanese beetle dig deeper in the ground to almost 10 inches which keeps them protected from the freezing temperature. When the temperature falls to the teens, it becomes difficult for most insects to survive. As such, there is less plant and tree damage during spring season.

Cold weather maintains reproduction and growth of the insects to minimum, controlling pest invasion in and around your property. In case of pest invasion, Flatline Pest Control’s effective pest inspection in Central Coast can help you deal with the situation.      

Effect of mild temperature on insects

Mild winters increase insect population that usually couldn’t survive in the cold weather. In warmer weather, insect reproduction and growth rises due to favourable weather conditions for their body. There are some insects or pests that travel long distances to cause infestations ad invasions in a region. No doubt, there are various other factors apart from weather that lead to pest infestation in Central Coast.

Not only insects, in warmer weather the population of natural enemies of insects also increase or decrease. So, if the insects or pests reproduce, so do the insect eating birds, reptiles and rodents. This ultimately controls the population of insects to a minimum level. When considering the overall ecosystem factors, such as mild winters, deep freezes, adaptive abilities and natural predators, it becomes a little complex determining the effect of climate change on insect population.

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