The weather is cooling down, the leaves are turning colors and fall pests are starting to make their way into your home. The pests that overwinter are looking for a warmer place and the summer pests like flies and wasps are lingering. Fall "bugs" aren't the only pest looking for warmth, you have to watch out for rodents as well. Walls, closets, pantries and attics are very inviting for rodents. Maintaining the outside of your home will help control the amount of pests that get into the structure.
The wasps, yellow jackets and hornets have been working all summer to create the largest nests possible. They have many young to feed and with the temperatures dropping it makes their food source dwindle which makes them very aggressive and hostile. Take caution to avoid multiple stings.
The south and west facing walls of your home may attract flies in search of heat. If the flies have already started to over winter a warm day may bring them out in droves. The common flies are Fruit flies, house flies and cluster flies.
Tip: Prevent flies from entering the home by surveying all entry ways and keeping doors and windows closed.
The cool weather may bring ants indoors. Ants sometimes move their colonies into the walls of your home or beneath a slab of the foundation to escape the cold. Pavement ants and odorous house ants can have hundreds of workers inside your home.
Tip: The ant colonies can be difficult to locate. If problems persist, contact our pest control professionals. Homeowners should take caution before self treating as sometimes this makes the problem worse.
People tend to see more spiders than normal inside this time of year because of the mating cycle of the specific spider. The males are actively searching for mates during this time. Spiders eat other insects and very rarely bite a human unless they feel threatened. We have several spiders around our area but the Black Widow and Hobo Spiders are typically the
only ones that can cause concern if a person is bit.
Tip: Many spider encounters can be avoided simply by picking up and reducing clutter around the house.
Stink bugs, Box Elder bugs and Conifer Seed Beetles:
They will make their way indoors to find a cozy spot to over winter. Once they are in its very hard to get rid of them because they can get into the walls.
Tip: Look very carefully on the outside of your homes for any entry points before the weather gets cold. Seal up these entry points before the insects have a chance to make their way into your home. Late summer and early fall are the optimal time to treat for these bugs.