Hurricane season can influence the pest control industry. Today we’ll be talking about the conditions that may be influenced by an active hurricane season. First allow me to start by saying how lucky we here in Florida have been this year concerning hurricane season 2014. Forecasters were predicting a normal to below normal average of storms and they were right. It’s amazing how accurate they have become over the last ten or so years. The last tropical storm outlook weather report I’ve seen was the wrap-up for the 2014 season. They said the decreased number of storms was not due to El Niño which was the rumor that was going around, but the quiet season was due to several other factors that worked together making conditions unfavorable for any significant development. We did have a few storms though, and the Carolinas and Bermuda did see some hurricane activity, but the three storms involved only produced minor damage. You can be certain that we here in Florida won’t always have the luxury of a quite tropical storm season, and sooner than later we’ll be hit again.
Now, as it relates to pest control, pest activity can be influenced by such activities such as tropical storms, El Niño, drought, and other weather conditions. I’d like to go back to the year 2004 when we were hit by both Hurricane Jeanne and Hurricane Frances. This greatly affected termites and termite control as the following year there was as massive swarm season. Pest control issues that needed to be addressed were ghost ants. Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control had and incredible influx in ghost ant activity. There was also much more occasional invader activity to to the heavy rainfall, rainfall amounts that we haven’t reached since. This is the main element conducive for pest control activity. Rodent control and small animal control calls were also through the roof, especially mice and rats.
In the case of drought conditions, which is something we had experienced for several years here in Florida, can also lead to a higher demand for pest control. Insects and animals looking for water, including reptiles such as snake which are more likely to be encountered due to drought conditions. Termite swarms also seem to decrease during drought activity. Still, that doesn’t mean the termites are not present so don’t let this lead you into a false sense of security.
We at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe 2015. The trend as far as tropical storm activity has been in our favor for some years now and we hope it continues to be. Regardless of storm activity, pest control issues will remain at the forefront for us.