Winter is the season when inspects go deep into the ground, often burrowing down to the root masses of plants to begin a period of a hibernation-like state. This, in conjunction with a reduced watering schedule, provides these pests with a nicely insulated relatively dry and comfortable place to spend their slumber.
Spring is the time of rebirth, renewal, and regeneration. When the weather loses its frosty bite, it is time to begin that wonderful annual tradition of spring cleaning. We through open doors and windows, letting that fresh air in. We clean out closets, garages, and reset or watering systems in anticipation of the warmer months to come. At the same time, we unwittingly set in motion an upcoming onslaught of potentially epidemic proportions. As the outside temperature rises, so do the metabolisms of the pests resting underground. Just as we shed our heavy outer layers, the insect world begins their preparations for the upcoming season. As their metabolisms rise, their need to feed resumes. And who, in any kingdom, can forget that all-consuming ritual of seeking a mate?
As our activities shift from indoors to out, we spend more time tending to gardens and lawns, flowers and trees, bushes and hedges. We can spend hours fertilizing, trimming and watering our way back to their peak condition and natural beauty. Alongside all of this activity comes with the cruelest trick of all for burrowed insects. What seems like just enough water to satisfy those thirsty plant roots is actually a catastrophic, tsunami-like event from with there is no escape for the dwellers underground.
Earwigs are unique in that they tend to care for their young–a very unusual characteristic for any type of insect. As increased watering occurs, the disruption of their habitat exposes both adult and immature insects all in one location, often giving the appearance that earwigs have the ability to spontaneously multiply.
So how does the affect you as both a landscaper and homeowner?
Having taken up residence beneath the bushes and plants in your yard, the insects that suddenly find themselves at the mercy of the previously aforementioned watering tsunami will scurry, en mass, for drier ground. In their haste, the immediately seek higher ground, then some place dry and dark. From out of the ground they rise, spilling out onto and up the walls, onto the porch, and all over your patio furniture. Next they will dash for safety. This may be underneath the dog’s water dish, your flagstone walkway, or potted plants. It will also include the dry, dark spaces beneath your doors and in the ledges around the windows of your house. Once inside, rugs, carpet fabric, and furniture make a wonderful substitution for the dirt burrow where they were accustomed to dwelling.
Each year, by the time spring rolls around, the door seals, door sweeps, and rubber grommets around your windows and sliding doors, if not recently replaced, have endured plenty of abuse. Between the cold of winter, heat of summer, and the unforgiving dryness of the Southwest, they are most likely feeling and showing their age. Cracks, gaps, and the wear and tear of everyday used have taken their toll. Here is a tip University Termite & Pest professional recommends: While inside your home, and during the day, close the doors and windows. Standing back, examine the entire perimeter of each. Can you see light? Are there any noticeable gaps?If there are, then pests can get inside your home. There is a quick and easy approach to begin insect-proofing your home. If you see light, or your door sweeps are worn down, head to your favorite home improvement store. A few dollars, minimal time, and a little effort can replace those dry, damaged seals, ensuring those outdoor pests stay out.
Your next step is to schedule a visit from a University Termite & Pest Control technician. With their knowledge and expertise, the professionals at University will ensure that your home and yard can remain earwig and pest free all year long, leaving you to enjoy the fleeting wonder and beauty of another spring in the Southwest.