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  • Writer's pictureMichael Zawadzki

How Weather Affects Insect Problems

Changes in the weather can make it difficult to control insect infestations, especially warm weather. Increased temperatures, warmer winters, increased precipitation and droughts cause the development of new insect species and invasions. On the other hand, fewer insects survive the cold weather, which decreases spring infestations.

How Does Cold Weather Affect Insects?

According to the University of Illinois, insects are cold-blooded which means their body temperature adapts to their environment. Most summertime insects can't develop if the temperature goes below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature goes below freezing, insects become dormant. Depending on the species, many insects die in freezing weather.

Insects that hatch in the spring can