High temperatures have Georgia Thumpers multiplying in mass amounts. Courtesy of Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org
If insects seem to be swarming by the thousands this summer, don’t be alarmed, we're not experiencing apocalyptic warning signs, just an increase in insect activity. Due to record high temperatures insects are crawling more than usual this summer season.
A recent article in USA Today highlights that crickets, grasshoppers, yellow jackets and all other types of insects and pests have seemed to multiplied ten fold over the past couple of weeks. This increase in activity is due to higher temperatures and insect nature.
Insects are cold-blooded, meaning they do not have blood temperature regulating capabilities, so their body temperature will always match of their outside surroundings. Because we have been experiencing extreme heat recently, insects body temperature has risen causing increases in activity. Accordingly, in the winter months insects move less and are more stagnant.
While doing pest control in Athens, Ga., and the surrounding areas for American Pest Control, Inc., our technicians have seen an immense increase in insect activity, most notably a large increase of Georgia Thumpers. Georgia Thumpers, or Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers are very large distinctive grasshoppers found all across Georgia and the Southeast.
So while we may think that these swarms of insects are an apocalyptic sign of the coming ending of the Mayan calendar, it's actually insects just multiplying due to high temperatures. Annoying and frustrating as it may be, it's a fact of nature. Be sure to protect yourself from biting insects such as fleas, mosquitoes and wasps by hiring a licensed pest control company.