Varying weather patterns bring several types of pests to the Richmond area during different times of the year. So, that just means there are four seasons in this region.
In this short guide, you’ll learn:
- The types of pests according to various seasons in Richmond
- The effects weather has on pests in the region
- How to identify insects, bugs, and rodents
- Why certain species are so difficult to eliminate
Which Summer Pests Are the Worst in Richmond?
Many species of wasps make their presence felt in the Richmond area during the summer months. These are just a few examples:
- Paper wasps
Stinging insects typically arrive in late summer when their nests are well-established. Although most wasp colonies usually number around 50, some varieties can reach the thousands.
Paper wasps are the most docile species, while hornets and yellowjackets are much more aggressive and will attack if you get too close to their nests.
The German yellowjacket is the most territorial of the wasp types. They sometimes build huge nests indoors, so it’s best to hire a professional to remove them.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in late summer. They can lie dormant for up to six months. However, in most cases, they hatch during the summer months when warm rains wash over them.
Richmond is especially attractive to mosquitoes. The slow-moving James River backs up near the Woodland Heights area, making it perfect for mosquito breeding.
The three large lakes in the historic district are also attractive sites for mosquitoes. They offer stationary water sources for females to lay their eggs while being wary of only minimal predation.
For those reasons, it can be a challenge to control mosquitoes in Richmond. However, if you combine personal repellents, sanitation measures, and occasional spraying, it is possible to manage them effectively.
Which Fall Pests Are the Worst in Richmond?
Clothing moths are fabric pests that create damage to clothing, textiles, and linens. They are typically a year-round pest and are sometimes difficult to identify.
Indian meal moths, on the other hand, leave unmistakable traces within food items such as flour, grains, and rice.
Foggers, bug bombs, and other fumigation measures are mostly ineffective for moths. So instead, the preferred method for eliminating them in the home is to use pheromone traps.
Scientists consider boxelder bugs to be true bugs, meaning they’re insects that feed on plant sap and are in the same order as cicadas, aphids, and leafhoppers. They measure about a half-inch long and are dark gray with bright red veins on their wings.
Boxelder bugs leave the trees they feed on to overwinter in protected areas, and that sometimes means your house or office space.
As the weather cools, they squeeze into cracks and crevices and may even stay all winter within wall voids.
Which Winter Pests Are the Worst in Richmond?
Mice are year-round pests in Richmond, and as long as people live here, they will continue to invade homes and businesses.
The ordinary house mouse is about four to five inches in length with a tail almost as long as its body. It has large ears and small black eyes.
While several snakes in the region — including the Eastern Copperhead — can be distressing to have around your home, they are also an ally in the fight against mice infestations.
The Southern black widow is the scariest spider in the Richmond area. That’s because its venom contains a neurotoxin called alpha-latrotoxin which causes the following symptoms:
- Pain around the bite location
- Muscle cramps
- Profuse sweating
- Abnormal vital signs
Most of these symptoms can be minimized with timely treatment using an antivenom injection. While death is possible, it is rarely reported.
The most troublesome aspect of this common pest is its ability to adapt to winter conditions. It often finds suitable locations indoors where ample heating allows the black widow to thrive year-round.
Which Spring Pests Are the Worst in Richmond?
Although the typical garden mole doesn’t hibernate, it’s most active during the spring and summer months when there is a wider variety of food to eat. Also, you’ll notice them by the damage they leave in your yard.
They dig vast tunnel systems that show up as unsightly ridgelines on your lawn. They use them for traveling underground in search of food. So, when a tasty earthworm wanders in, the mole will trap it and typically store it for later consumption.