Each season comes with its own pest problems, and fall is no different. The spring’s crickets, the summer’s bees, but what does fall have in store for your house? We’ll tell you about five common fall pests, along with how to look out for signs of infestation.
Arguably one of the least enjoyable pests, rodents love to look for places during the cooling weather to make their own home. Good locations for them typically include places that have easy access to food and warmth. Keep an eye out for holes in places that could lead from the outside; easy access to a place will make it more likely that rodents will come back and shack up in between your walls. As well, rodents love to bite their way through materials and make their own holes. Gnawed wires, scampering noises in the attic, small droppings in odd places, unusual pet behavior, and chewed up holes in your walls could be a sign that a rat infestation is already upon you!
These eight-legged pests can help make some fall-themed decorations around your house. The problem: they tend to overstay their welcome. Spiders love to live in the high corners of your ceiling, looking for any bugs to munch on. Spiders are significantly more active during the fall since it’s their mating season, so they’re constantly looking for new places to settle down and have babies. Turning off outdoor lights and removing webs as soon as you see them are surefire ways to make sure you’re not that place they settle down.
With all the extra traveling around the holiday seasons, bed bugs are another fall pest to keep an eye on. While they’re known for clinging to cloth and fabrics, they can just as easily hide in floor cracks and creases. They’re a nuisance to remove once you’ve got a full infestation, so checking any places where they might be creeping and crawling would be a good idea, especially after you’ve travelled. They love travelling almost as much as you do, and they won’t be afraid to come home with you from Thanksgiving dinner or Hanukkah.
4) Stink Bugs
While they don’t immediately stink, these bugs will eventually become a loud and annoying pest. Their flying is noisy, and they have a nasty habit of being in the most unexpected of places. As well, when they feel threatened, they’ll release the worst smell imaginable, which is where they received their name. Stink bugs really enjoy finding easy spots to grab food, so make sure all of your food is sealed well and away from prying stink bug eyes. As well, when you see a stink bug, avoid squishing it. Otherwise, its scent will stay with you for a while!
As the temperatures cool, bees look for warm spots to shack up. They settle in places with minimal environmental exposure so that they are protected from the freezing winter elements that could be detrimental to their hive. Sometimes, that spot to shack up is inside your wall! Make sure that there aren’t any small holes that lead inside your walls for them to enter. Also pay attention to whether you’re seeing a lot of bee activity in a given area of your yard; that might be a sign that there’s a hive nearby, and it might be closer than you think.
Fall Pests Roundup
Each of these pests invades your home in different ways. Always be on the lookout for new ways these pests can come into your home! Prevention is the best way to help prevent an infestation, but if it gets too big for you, Complete Pest Control is always available to fit your schedule and your needs.