Temperatures are rising gradually and Spring is just around the corner. At this time of year we are witnessing a real return of insects, which in winter seemed almost to have disappeared. But which are the spring insects that cause the most annoyance to man? Let’s find out together!
Thaumetopoea pityocampa, better known as Pine Processionary, is very dangerous especially for children and pets, as it hides very well among the vegetation and its stinging hairs cause important irritations if they come into contact with the skin or the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes and mouth. Between February and March the larva comes down from the tree to form a “cocoon” under the ground, waiting to come out in the summer. The prevention interventions aim to avoid the descent from the tree, in order to remove the larvae and avoid a massive infestation.
After the winter, mosquitoes lay an abundant number of eggs in water and, taking advantage of the warm spring temperatures, they reproduce quickly, reaching very high peaks in summer. Intervening in Spring is strategic in order to avoid the development of the eggs in adult, through antilarval interventions. We proceed by identifying the outbreaks and then eliminate them through specific insecticides. Another important action is the emptying of pots and saucers from all forms of stagnant water, the ideal environment for spawning.
Bees, Wasps And Hornets
Period: April and May
Bees, Wasps and Hornets are used to swarm in April and May, looking for new places to breed. At this time of year it is very common to find new nests, which must be promptly eliminated. To do so, however, it is highly inadvisable to improvise exterminators. These insects are equipped with stings and if attacked, they respond promptly in groups, stinginging the enemy.
Cockroaches are stationed in environments frequented by humans (houses, offices, warehouses, schools, etc.) throughout the year, because they have no problems related to climate change, being able to find constant favorable conditions throughout the year (warm in winter and cool in summer). In Spring, however, thanks to the increase in temperatures, they find a particularly favorable environment, and we see real explosions of infestations. It is, therefore, absolutely strategic to start pest control interventions as soon as temperatures start to rise, in order to avoid a massive reproduction.
The aforementioned insects are only some, the most diffused, among those which infest environments frequented by man during the spring months first, and then in summer. We find many others, of which we shall talk about in the next article.