A new report from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says that warm weather will create significant pest activity this spring. The organization attributes the imminent increase in critters to a La NiÃ±a weather system, characterized by below-average sea surface temperatures.
The bi-annual Bug Barometer by the NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, indicates that leftover moisture and generally mild climate conditions across much of the United States will put pests at “full force.”
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“This year’s La NiÃ±a brought unusual moisture, sleet and snow to southern areas that are typically much warmer and drier this time of year, while conversely, areas like the Northwest that are usually colder in the winter had much milder weather,” Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., says in an NPMA news release. “Residual moisture is a prime attraction for pests, especially home-damaging termites and mosquitoes known for transmitting disease, and conditions are ideal for when these pests typically flourish in the springtime.”
Ticks are predicted to invade the north-central U.S., while cockroaches will have a field day in the Southwest, the group said.
Click on this map to see how your region will be affected.
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