At this point, we know that cicadas will complete their 17-year hibernation period and take over large parts of the United States this spring and summer. But if you thought they were the only bugs paying us a visit during the warmer months, think again.
To help us navigate the insects coming our way, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has released their bi-annual Bug Barometer. Here are their predictions for the types of bugs coming for homes and gardens in different parts of the country this summer.
The 2021 summer insect forecast
According to a team of entomologists from the NPMA, the warm and wet spring and summer weather predicted for much of the country will likely mean spikes in insect populations nationwide.
So what, exactly, does the summer of 2021 have in store for us? Per Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the NPMA:
“While warm weather is a much-needed respite from the bitter cold temperatures most of the U.S. faced this winter, it unfortunately also brings increased pest pressure as well, especially when coupled with excess precipitation. With much of the country headed towards a hot, rainy spring and summer, disease-transmitting pests like ticks and mosquitoes will be afforded ideal conditions for populations to thrive. Other moisture-loving pests such as termites, ants and cockroaches may also experience a population boom, making proactive pest prevention and personal protection paramount to safety.”
After living through more than a year of a global pandemic, the last thing you want to deal with this summer is disease-transmitting bugs like ticks and mosquitoes. Unfortunately, we’re likely to see an increase in both insects in the Northeast and Midwest.
To limit your exposure to ticks and mosquitoes, Fredericks recommends applying an EPA-registered bug repellent containing at least 20% DEET before spending time outdoors.