Guide to Common Pests in Different Climates

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 common pests in diferent climates

Our local climate controls almost everything in our immediate environment – including the pests that can show up on your property. Moxie pest control company has locations across the U.S. in a variety of climates. Their technicians know firsthand that certain areas are more prone to see specific pests than others.

There’s no quicker way to ruin a fun day outdoors than dealing with an infestation. Keep reading to find out which bugs you’re most likely to encounter in your climate.

Hot and Humid Climates

Climates in the southeast that are primarily hot and humid are known for having a multitude of insects. The weather is perfect for feeding and breeding without much cold to control the insect population.

By far mosquitoes are the biggest concern in hot, humid climates. It’s the perfect conditions for an infestation since mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and like the warmth. Mosquitoes kill more people than any other insect on the planet. The problem isn’t just in their painful bite. Mosquitoes carry and transmit a variety of diseases that can be deadly.

The trick to controlling mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water. Without that mosquitoes can’t lay eggs that hatch within days and continue to perpetuate the infestation.

But mosquitoes are far from the only bug you’ll find in hot and humid climates. Cockroaches are abundant most of the year since they like to take shelter in homes. In addition to pest control treatments, the best way to keep cockroaches in check is to keep things as clean as possible. Even the smallest crumb can attract roaches.

It seems like every species of ant calls the southeast home. Carpenter ants and fire ants, in particular, are bad in this climate. Getting rid of an infestation largely depends on the type of ant and where the nest is located.

Hot and Dry Climates

In areas that are hot and dry insects don’t have to worry about getting through the winter months. Bugs that have adapted to making due with little water are able to handle the arid climate of the southwest.

Scorpions are a common sight in dessert climates. Beetles, weevils and ants can also thrive in hot, dry climates. Of all the different types of insects in the region beetles are among the biggest pests. There are three types of beetles that can pose a problem: food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles and fabric-infesting beetles. Pest control technicians will need to identify the type of beetle before creating a comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM) program that physically remove the beetles and reduce their habitat.

Cold and Wet Climates

In the northeast where the weather is chilly and damp for a good part of the year you’ll see pests that like living in moisture. Most insects don’t thrive in cold, wet winter conditions since it stunts growth rates. However, there are a number of insects that can make it through the winter to indulge on all of the greenery.

Two of the most common insects are snails and slugs. They absolutely love all of the moisture. They are gross, but snails and slugs (a member of the snail family) don’t pose a threat to people. However, they can be problematic for plants. If there are only a few pests you can handpick snails and slugs. For a serious infestation you’ll need to use bait traps and barriers around affected plants.

Aphids are another pest you’ll find in the cold, wet climate of the northwest. They’re more of a pest than snails and slugs because aphids can eat plants inside and out. One of the most effective fixes is to actually use other bugs to keep aphids in check. Beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings prey on aphids. Row covers may also need to be used on garden plants.

Cold/Hot and Humid Climate

In the Midwest, the climate varies from one season to the next. In the winter, it’s bitterly cold with no insects in sight. As soon as it starts to warm up insects come out to feast on crops.

Squash bugs are a big nuisance in this region. They’re able to survive the frigid winter buy burrowing into the ground. Once it’s warm enough they’ll surface and start eating every plant in sight. Careful pest control is needed to keep squash bugs in check. Pesticides can be used, but it’s also important to keep plants as healthy as possible so they can withstand any squash bug damage.

Spiders are also common in this type of climate, but that isn’t too surprising. Many spiders eat other insects so they’ll be around when there are bugs to catch. Since most spiders aren’t poisonous and pose no threat you may want to keep them around. They’ll help provide natural pest control.


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  • Reply Deborah D

    This is a very informative post. Everyone should read it.

    March 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    I fouind this information on insects to be interesting. I learned about the squash bug nuisance.

    March 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Mia

    Aphids are the most destructive pests that get into my flower beds and gardens. We actually buy ladybugs to release to help control the aphids and it does work.

    March 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Oh I am so glad we dont have cockroaches lol!! Mosquitoes though,,, ugh!! The bain of my existence!! And we definitely get aphids… I feel like here in WI we kinda get the worst of all the areas lol!! Thanks for the great tips!!

    March 2, 2017 at 10:14 am
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