When the wind carries a crispy bite and the leaves change from green to orange, a variety of summer pests will no longer “bug” you. Unfortunately, you have other pests ready to move in to your warm, cozy home.
Here is a guide to common fall pests:
- Rodents: Rats and mice are looking for a dry, warm place to live in the fall and winter. If you have food and a cozy home, those furry vermin might want to spend the cold months with you. And we aren’t talking about 1 or 2 tiny mice. Mice and rats travel in packs and their entire family might move in with you. It helps to seal cracks and holes in your home, but mice can fit through unbelievably small areas so it’s difficult to completely shut them out. If you’d like to deter rodents from taking up residence in your home, make sure to clean up crumbs and keep food containers. Seal up those cracks and outdoor vents and set up traps around the house.
- Bees and Wasps: Buzz! Why are there so many bees and wasps all of the sudden, especially by your garbage can? Some bees are stocking up and grabbing the last bits of deliciousness from flowers before a long winter. Also, wasps’ diets change in the fall and they look for sweeter foods. If you discover a bee or wasp nest in or next to your home, you are at added risk of your family or pets getting stung.
- Stink Bugs/Beetles: You may notice an invasion of beetles and stink bugs, especially in the warmest rooms of your house. Beetles of many varieties, like ladybugs and box elder bugs like to find lodging before winter and they are sometimes resistant to pesticides from the store.
- Spiders: Where there is one there are many. If you see one spider you will likely find webs in multiple areas of your home. Sure, some spiders eat other spiders and pests in your home, but not all spiders are beneficial. Some spiders leave nasty bites!
- Bed Bugs: Bed bugs are a possible invader all year round. If you think you have bed bugs, see our other blog about the signs here.
- Ants: They ruined your summer picnic and they are here to stay for the fall. Ants are tiny little terrorists that don’t belong to the summer. They can show up around your Halloween candy and Thanksgiving feast.
- Cockroaches: One of the most harmful pests are cockroaches because they spread over 30 kinds of bacteria. The first sign of a cockroach infestation should be handled seriously and promptly. Cockroaches are looking for places to hide in the cooler months, so now is a good time to declutter, clean, and make sure all food and water sources are secured.