27 Sep Pests to Look For in the Fall
As temperatures begin to cool down, the habits of the pests around your home may begin to change. You’ll start to see new “friends” in or around your home. One of the best ways to combat these creatures is by knowing what to look for. Take a look at some of the tell-tale signs of common pests you’ll see during the autumn months!
Why Do the Habits of Pests Change in Autumn?
When the summer heat starts to dwindle, pests start gearing up for cooler months. When given the option, they’ll take refuge in warmer areas. Because we heat our homes throughout fall and winter, pests tend to migrate to them. They’ll find their way inside or under the home, which can cause issues for us.
Pests to Keep an Eye Out For
These are some of the most common encounters you may have when summer ends and fall begins.
Rats and mice are some of the most common pests you’ll encounter during the cooler months. They’re mammals, and they need to stay warm to survive just like we do. As such, they’ll try to make their way inside as temperatures drop.
They can wreak havoc on any household, nesting in insulation, chewing through wires, and ransacking pantries. This can be an issue because they can spread diseases. They also come with extra pests in the form of parasites, like fleas, mites, ticks, and lice.
The best way to prevent rodents is by making sure that your home is sealed well. These small animals are great at fitting through tight spaces.
During the fall months, ants will commonly make nests inside of homes. This is largely thanks to the need for warmth and moisture. As precipitation dwindles, ants will try to find any source of water that they can. This means that they become prevalent in bathrooms and kitchens.
They also look for food when resources are low. This means that any crumbs or food left out are fair game, and they will attract ants. Be sure to keep surfaces swept and food sealed in airtight containers.
Ants make their way into homes through small cracks, some that may not even be able to be seen. When fall comes around, make sure that all areas of the home are sealed.
Much like ants, cockroaches are seeking moisture and food. This only increases in the later months of the year, as their resources outside, become scarce. With cockroaches come diseases and health issues.
Cockroaches are a big deal throughout the year, but they get worse in the fall. You’ll find them in kitchens and bathrooms. Keep surfaces clean and sanitized. Doing these two things can help prevent roaches.
Many pests look for resources that become scarce outside. Three of the worst pests you’ll see in the fall are rodents, ants, and cockroaches. While these are pests you’ll encounter throughout the year, they get much worse in autumn and winter. If you’re looking to pest-proof your home as the seasons’ change, be sure to call us at Proctor Pest Control. We’re here to help you!