Wet, Hot Mid-South Weather Bringing Out the Bugs

Wet, Hot Mid-South Weather Bringing Out the Bugs

May was wet and now June is hot, a good sign that more bugs are crawling. Now many of those critters are making their way into your living room.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - May was wet and now June is hot, a good sign that more bugs are crawling. Now many of those critters are making their way into your living room.

James Weir with Weir Pest Control says insects are going to respond to environmental conditions and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it.

Memphis is coming off of the 4th wettest May on record, couple that with recent heat, bugs are making their way to the surface.

“If those insects’ nesting areas become over saturated, then they’re going to come out of those nesting areas and try to find a drier place.” Weir says.

Ear wigs, millipedes, centipedes and fire ants are just a few of the pests that get flushed up in this situation.

I asked Jim to do a quick inspection of my home; he went around window sills, brick mortar, the attic and the heating closet. Most of what he found is evidence of insects that live primarily indoors or hatch in the walls like ants & spiders.

He says the area is home to 3,600 species of spider, 16 of those can bite you but only two are medically concerning. He says the area is also home to many brown recluse spiders, but we did not find any in my quick inspection.

Weir adds, “Throughout most of the year they are in a reclusive state hiding in your attic, hiding in places like boxes where you have clothes stored.”

We’re just starting summer and Weir says bugs are most active when it’s hot and humid, so for us, that’s another several months.

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