Insects Set for Spring Surge, Thanks to Active El Nino Weather Pattern

BASF identifies likely culprits and potential hot spots for pest problems for regions across America.

March 25, 2010

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — El Nino — the wet weather pattern blamed for this winter’s record snowfall in the East and mudslides in the West — is expected to wreak more havoc this spring with a surge in insects, BASF recently reported in a press release.

Termites, ants and other pests thrive in moist conditions, and there will be plenty of those across America, when record snow packs begin melting from the Sierra Nevada to Capitol Hill.

“When conditions are warm and wet, many pests begin to swarm in search of food, shelter and mates,” said Dr. Bob Davis, entomologist at BASF. “Unfortunately, this search brings many of these pests inside, where they can create a nuisance and destroy property.”

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