Seasonal changes influence pest activity
As the weather starts to cool down slightly from the intense heat of summer, insects like ants and spiders become more active. They may seek shelter and warmth indoors as the outdoor environment becomes less hospitable.
Spiders and ants may still be searching for mates
Usually, spiders in our region become more active in August and September when males start looking for a mate. Unfortunately, on their quest for a partner, they often infest homes.
Like spiders, several ant species also begin reproducing in later summer and could explain why homeowners in New Mexico tend to see so many ants in their homes and yards each September.
They’re looking for food
Ants are known for their scavenging behavior and are attracted to the crumbs and spills we often miss on our kitchen counters or floors. They’re also willing to find sustenance among the dirty dishes in the sink, open food packages in the pantry, and anywhere else they can find it.
Spiders, on the other hand, don’t eat people food. They feast on smaller insects. If you’ve got ants, silverfish, earwigs or other bugs in your house, there’s a good chance they’ll build webs to catch them or hunt them down by stalking, depending on the species.
Moisture & shelter are a must for both pests
New Mexico’s climate is generally arid, and as temperatures start to drop, pests might seek out moisture-rich environments. Leaky pipes, dripping faucets, and other sources of water indoors can attract ants and spiders in September.
Easy access could make your home an easy target
As insects and arachnids become more active and seek refuge from changing weather conditions, they may find their way indoors through cracks, gaps, and other openings on the exterior.