The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), released its biannual Bug Barometer, said heavy rainfall and heat waves will drive pest pressure this fall and winter.  Ticks and mosquitoes will continue to thrive later into the fall due to ongoing heat and floods, while fall pests, like mice, will also join them in stronger numbers.

Forecast for the Midwest region:  The mild spring and warm summer boosted rodent populations, and mice will invade homes in the fall for food and shelter.  If rainfall continues, greater numbers of crawling pests, such as earwigs and millipedes, will seek higher ground indoors.