When summer comes to an end, the temperatures begin to drop and pests start to head inside where they can find a comfortable living area. Though we can definitely sympathize with the summer warmth being gone, the last thing that anyone really wants is for pests to find a new home in their house.
Given that fall will be here within the next couple of weeks, and temperatures are already convincing us that it’s here, we figured there’s no better topic to cover than preparing your home for avoiding fall pests. Today we’re going to cover a few of the pests that you need to keep an eye out for, and what you can do to minimize the chances of any fall infestations.
Pests to Look Out For
Certain pests will be more likely to invade your home once temperatures start to drop, and those are the primary ones that you need to be concerned with as we begin to transition seasons. Below are just a few of the insects to keep an eye out for.
These insects are unable to survive when temperatures get too chilly. In fact, male wasps will completely die off when temperatures get too cold — making them one of the pests that you need to keep an eye out for. Since temperatures are dropping, it’s not uncommon for these insects to try and make their way into your home so that they can survive.
Though it’s not uncommon to find spiders in your house during the summer, you may see the number of spiders increase when seasons are transitioning. Mature male spiders, around this time, are ready to mate! You may notice some more webs throughout the house during this time, but the reality is that any spiders you’re finding now have likely been in your home throughout the summer, and are just making an appearance because it’s time to mate.
An insect that we’ve seen quite a bit of this year are seed bugs. These insects are similar to Bod Elxer bugs in appearance, and though they may not bite, are quite a pain to have. These bugs come in large numbers, so you’ll rarely just find one in your house. Given that these bugs both fly and crawl, checking for cracks underneath your door or tears in your window screens will both be necessary when it comes to avoiding them.
Tips for Avoiding Fall Pests
Now that you’ve learned a little bit more about some of the most common pests that find their way indoors during the fall, it’s time to learn about the ways that you can avoid them from getting there in the first place. Keep reading to find out how you can prevent pests from getting inside.
Clean up the Yard
As much fun as yard work is, it’s one of the ways that you can prevent fall pests. With the transition of seasons, there are so many new pieces of foliage on the ground that can become a food source for insects — drawing them to your house. From raking and sweeping to managing the moisture levels surrounding your home, taking care of your yard is a great way to manage pests.
Examine Weather Strips
The tiniest of cracks between your doors and windows make for an easy entry for insects. Checking to see what condition your weatherstrips are in will not only prevent you from having a pest problem this fall, but it can also help enhance the energy efficiency of your home. This is a win-win of a task if you ask us.
Contact a Professional
At Earthwise Pest Management, we utilize an integrated pest management (IPM) method that allows for us to see the factors that draw pests in, in the first place. If you’ve struggled with pest control throughout the summer and haven’t gotten it taken care of, contact our team today. We would love to visit your house and determine what exactly is causing the pest issue in the first place.
Moreover, fall is a great time to start looking deep into pest problems. Most pests will die off during this season, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be a nuisance in the year to come. Rather than let this turn into a cycle, contact your local pest control professionals and have us provide you with a long-term solution that you can continue to enjoy.