While the summer heat may still be lingering around, everyone
knows that fall is right around the corner. A common myth we often
hear associated with the upcoming season is that pests disappear
when temperatures cool down. Unfortunately, this is not the case -
in fact, some pests are more active than ever!
Every fall, we receive an increase in pest control-related calls
from homeowners. Here's a list of the top five, most active pests
we treat this time of the year … and some tips on how to keep them
- Rodents: Rodents such as mice and rats are
very common fall intruders. Similar to human beings, they thrive on
food and shelter. To prevent rodents from entering the home, be
sure to keep all food sealed in airtight containers, clear gutters
of leaves and seal cracks around the foundation of the home. Even
the smallest crack provides easy access for mice since they can
squeeze through holes the size of a nickel. If you suspect you
might have a rodent infestation, a pest professional should be
contacted immediately since they can bring fleas, mites, ticks and
lice into the home.
- Bed Bugs: These pests are one - if not the
most - difficult pests to control, with infestations on the rise in
recent years. Approximately the size of an apple seed, bed bugs are
nocturnal in nature and are typically found in mattresses,
suitcases, boxes and shoes. While bed bugs are not thought to
spread disease, they can leave behind itchy welts on their victims
and multiply quickly. If you suspect that you might have bed bugs,
call a pest professional immediately.
- Ants: Various types of ants are typically
found in and around the home during the fall. Most species of ants
are considered a nuisance, but odorous house ants can contaminate
food and carpenter ants can damage the structure of a home. To
prevent an ant infestation, seal all cracks in and around the home,
eliminate sources of standing water and keep food sealed in tight
containers. Additionally, keeping tree branches cut back from the
home also prevents ants from marching inside.
- Cockroaches: While typically thought to be a
nuisance, it's important to know that cockroaches have an ability
to spread 33 different types of bacteria and cause asthma in
children, making them one of the most dangerous pests on our list.
They typically hide near pipes and drains, so it is important to
keep kitchens and bathrooms sanitized. Vacuuming frequently will
also help prevent cockroach infestations.
- Lady Beetles and Boxelder Bugs: Lady Beetles
and Boxelder bugs are two of fall's most active pests, yet they are
rarely discussed. Lady Beetles feed on small pests like Aphids and
White Flies and Boxelder Bugs feed on fallen seeds and trees and
live on rocks, trees and buildings. Although these pests are
considered a nuisance, they have the potential to stain clothing,
curtains and other fabrics with their droppings and emit a strong
odor if crushed. Vacuum often and seal cracks around the home to
prevent them from entering the home. Damaged screens on doors and
windows should also be repaired or replaced.
Now that you know what pests to look for, we hope that you will
put the above tips to good use. And, remember, if one of these
pests manages to finagle their way into your home, be sure to
contact a pest professional immediately