Current prediction from TWC: Mild and dry winter ahead.
Mild and dry, above average temperatures in our range of central Florida are currently being predicted in our range of central Florida. This is due to a growing La Niña effect that should hold strong until the spring of 2018. If La Niña does form, it will be back to back with last year. 2016 seemed like it wasn't much of a winter at all with very mild and comfortable temperatures. There is currently no talk of La Niña's counterpart El Niño taking effect any time soon. I must admit that I'm looking forward to a new El Niño event. Our past two hurricane seasons have been active and stressful. El Niño is known to produce much weaker hurricane seasons. La Niña often contributes to a much busier and dangerous season.
How will this relate to our pest control forecast for the winter of 2017/18?
Mild temperatures during the cool winter season mean more insect activity. In general, such pets as fleas, ticks, ants, roaches and even mosquitoes. Cooler temperatures during the winter give us a break from such activity. This coming winter should be similar to last years event. Rodents and small animals should see an average season. The only pest that may be effected by the dry season could be the termites. That doesn't mean that termites are still not in their underground caverns. It simply means the flight of the swarming reproductive winged termites may not occur as much. This isn't necessarily a good thing. Many people get termite treatments due to swarmer activity in their homes. Otherwise, without the swarmers letting us know that they are present, another year goes by with further damage that goes undetected. This is why it is vital to have a post construction Termidor treatment.
The Australian cockroach will be encountered more often during mild and dry winters.