Your Bug Barometer

Exceptionally mild winter temperatures across much of the US will lead to a very buggy spring and summer.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual bug barometer – a guide showing expected pest activity throughout the US for the upcoming warmer seasons.

According to the guide, the mild winter temperatures and periodic heavy precipitation or moisture in most areas will lead to an abundance of pests including mosquitoes, ticks, and cockroaches.

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The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual bug barometer (pictured) - a guide showing expected pest activity throughout the US for the upcoming warmer seasons

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual bug barometer (pictured) – a guide showing expected pest activity throughout the US for the upcoming warmer seasons

’Ticks, mosquitoes, ants and other pests will be out in full force this spring and summer,’ said Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist and vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the NPMA.

‘With growing concern over infectious diseases spread by pests such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, Lyme disease and more, diligent prevention and awareness is especially necessary given the high pest populations that are projected for the warmer seasons ahead.’

To make the Bug Barometer, entomologists with the NPMA combined the biological behavior of pests with the examination of previous weather conditions and forecasted weather to predict how pests will impact the country.

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