Fall Pests to Watch Out For
As summer fades, its pests unfortunately don’t go with it. Each season has its own weather patterns, characteristics, decorations, and traditions, but they also have their own line-up of featured pests. Now that fall is just around the corner, it’s time to examine your homes and contact your local, professional pest control company if you see any of autumn’s pests in or near your home.
When Leaves Fall, These Creepers Crawl (Indoors!)
Rats and mice are the first pests to look out far as the cold weather sets in. They carry numerous diseases and illnesses and are attracted to open food containers, dark and cluttered areas, and the warmth of your home. Be sure to check your home for droppings and gnaw marks, especially in and around pantries, closets, attics, and walls. If you spot any of these signs or the culprit himself, call your pest control company as soon as possible.
Flies, bees, wasps, and yellow jackets also move indoors for the fall and winter months. Flies congregate in the south and west walls of your home for warmth, since these areas are exposed to more sunlight in these seasons. The stinging insects move indoors in places like attics and garages for warmth and self preservation. If you find a nest or think you may have an infestation in your home, take caution. Stinging insects become hostile, and it is best to call your pest control specialist immediately if you suspect any of these uninvited guests.
Pests in the cooler months run rampant invading homes and seeking warmth and food.
ANTS GO MARCHING IN
Ants don’t go away in any season. They’re always around, so continue to sweep your floors regularly and put away food properly to avoid hosting these pesky insects. Ants seek warmth just like every other critter mentioned. They may even build colonies inside the walls of your house. Be aware of entryways and small openings and cracks in the walls or floor of your home and seal them to help prevent ants from getting in.
Similarly to ants, roaches can be prevented with proper care and maintenance of your home. Sealing small cracks, monitoring entry ways, and general cleanliness will keep out most pests. Roaches in particular are drawn to damp or moisture heavy areas of your home. Examine your basements and bathrooms for ideal roach environments and take special care of these areas to avoid an infestation.
UNIQUE FALL BUGS
Stink bugs, lady bugs, and box elders are fall’s new featured pests. Once these bugs are in, especially stink bugs, they are nearly impossible to get out. They gather between the walls of your home for warmth in the cold months, and when spring comes around, you will see them flying around your home as they react to the change in temperature. Spring and summer also starts their reproduction season, so there will be new baby beetles ready to perfume your home with their odorous scent in a continuous cycle, that is until you call your pest control specialist, who at this point, is your only hope. However, to keep from reaching such a point of desperation, pre-treating for stink bugs late summer and early fall help prevent them from entering and taking up residence in the walls of your home in the winter. In the South, ladybug infestations are a huge fall/winter issue, in addition to stink bugs. Talk to your local pest control specialist now to discuss prevention before these bugs settle in.
Fall Tips & Tricks
- Keep plants, gardens, and firewood at least twenty feet away from your home to keep those bugs at a distance.
- Before decorating for the season, check your decorations for pests by opening and dusting them off outdoors. Many critters take up residence in your storage boxes as well as the decorations themselves.
- Finally, be aware that pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, etc attract rodents and bugs to your doorstep. Try to keep the hay at a distance, and toss the pumpkins before they start to rot.