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At this point, we know that cicadas are ending their 17-year hibernation and will take over large swaths of the United States this spring and summer. But if you thought they were the only bugs to visit us in the warmer months, think again.

To help us navigate the insects that are coming our way, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has published their biannual Bow barometer. Here are their predictions for the types of insects that will appear on homes and gardens in different parts of the country this summer.

The summer insect forecast 2021

According to a team of entomologists from the NPMA, the warm and humid spring and summer weather forecast for much of the country is likely to lead to an increase in insect populations across the country.

What exactly can we expect in summer 2021? Per Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., Chief Entomologist of the NPMA:

“While warm weather is a much-needed break from the bitter cold temperatures most US faced this winter, it unfortunately also brings increased pest pressures, particularly when coupled with excessive rainfall. With much of the country heading for a hot, rainy spring and summer, disease-carrying pests such as ticks and mosquitoes will provide ideal conditions for the population to thrive. Other moisture-loving pests such as termites, ants, and cockroaches can also see population boom, making proactive pest control and personal protection paramount to safety. “

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After experiencing more than a year of a global pandemic, the last thing you want to do this summer is to deal with disease-transmitting insects like ticks and mosquitoes. Unfortunately, we will likely see an increase in both insects in the Northeast and Midwest.

To limit your exposure to ticks and mosquitoes, Fredericks recommends Applying an EPA registered insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET before spending time outdoors.