FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, a seasonal forecast of the pest pressure and activity Americans can expect to see in their respective regions of the country based on weather patterns and long-term predictions, as well as pest biological behaviors. According to the group’s team of entomologists, erratic weather patterns and record-breaking rainfall are expected to cause an increase in pest pressure across the continental U.S. this fall and winter.
Experts from @PestWorld are predicting increased pest pressure this fall and winter. Check out which pests will be active near you, according to the Bug Barometer’s forecast.
“This summer brought a whole host of extreme weather conditions that can affect pest pressure, including record rainfall in some parts of the country, and drought in others,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the NPMA. “With most of the country still damp from summer and fall, and winter forecasts predicting even more precipitation, expect an increase in activity from moisture-loving pests such as mosquitoes, termites, cockroaches, stink bugs and rodents.”
Elsewhere, drought conditions across the southwestern part of the country are expected to contribute to an influx of pests. “Rodent populations will become public enemy number one as they seek shelter indoors and are in search of steady sources of food and water,” added Fredericks.
Based on this analysis, the National Pest Management Association’s Bug Barometer is forecasting a spike in major pest populations across the entire U.S. this season:
Northeast & New England
After a record-setting hot and wet summer and calls for an even wetter winter ahead, expect ticks to remain active longer than usual. Lady beetles and stink bugs will thrive with increased rainfall as well, with mice and rats moving indoors as temperatures cool.