April 11, 2017

Why Does Rainy Weather Bring Out Bugs?

The East Coast is no stranger to rainy weather, especially in the springtime. After a rainstorm in Northern Jersey, you may notice bugs coming out of the ground. Worms, ants and other pests can be seen crawling around on the grass, driveway or sidewalks. It’s possible that they may crawl right into your home! Bugs have plenty of opportunities to get indoors at this time of the year because people leave their doors and windows open.

Since NJ residents still have a long, rainy season to get through, let’s talk about why rain brings pests out of the ground and how to prevent them from getting into your residence.

Bugs Seek Higher Ground

Bugs live in holes in the ground. When it rains, the holes fill with rainwater. To protect themselves from drowning, bugs move to higher ground. This is why you will see them crawling around the surface after a rainshower, and they won’t go back until the rain stops and the cracks and holes dry out.

Just like humans, bugs don’t like spending a day getting soaked. A little rain is fine, but a day or two of heavy rains can force some bugs into your home. Some are more likely than others to seek shelter in a warm, dry house, but when it comes to survival, any bug can find their way in. Some people have even found earthworms crawling around their residence!

The most common types of pests that will seek dry shelter and food (two things your home has) are:

  • Boxelder bugs
  • Ladybugs
  • Stinkbugs
  • Stinging insects
  • Ants
  • Spiders
  • Flies
  • Mites
  • Beetles
  • Crickets

Warm, Windy Weather is Good Transportation

Another thing to consider is that spring also brings warm temperatures and windy days. Heavy rains produce higher winds and humidity, which also contributes to pest problems. Bugs are brought out of the ground, and the conditions allow them to thrive. The winds also benefit flying insects, seed spores and pollen because they can transport to a wider area.

Tips for Keeping Bugs Out

Preventing pests from getting into your home is a good thing to practice no matter what time of the year it is. It’s much easier to keep bugs out than force them to leave. Fortunately, the proactive measures you take to safeguard your home will protect your investment in other ways.

Below are the most effective ways to make your home pest-free this spring season.

  • Make sure all screens are free of rips, tears and holes.
  • Seal cracks or holes in the foundation and around windows and doors.
  • Trim away shrubs, trees and bushes.
  • Keep your pantry and kitchen clean and tidy.
  • Place tight-fitting lids on your garbage and recycling bins.
  • Move firewood away from the home.

By following the tips above, you can prevent springtime pests from taking over your home – and your sanity. If you need suggestions on how to protect your home, or if you think that you may have an active pest problem, call Heritage Pest Control today.