Just as with anything in the natural world, the seasons affect pests and the way they like to behave. Knowing what to expect from pests during the fall is the best defense against them! Keep reading for more information on how some of the most common bugs’ behavior will change as the weather starts to cool.
Pests during the fall—what changes?
While spring and summer may seem like the worst times of the year when it comes to pests, autumn present unique pest problems. While they reproduce and remain active during the warmer months, you may actually notice more pests in your home during the fall.
That’s because when the temperatures start to drop, insects and rodents will start preparing for winter – and that means looking for a warm, safe place to hibernate. You may start to see more spiders, ladybugs and other bugs in your home. Rats and mice will also be looking for a place to lay low for the winter, and unfortunately your home has everything they’re looking for: shelter, warmth and food.
Before fall rolls around, it’s a good idea to check your home for cracks or holes, replace the weatherstripping around doors and windows, and check for any holes in your roof.
Pests to watch out for
There are some pests (like mosquitoes) that you won’t see much of as the weather gets cooler, but many of them you need to keep an eye on!
While other pests seek warmth and shelter in your home, spiders were probably already in your home—but now they’re coming out to mate and lay eggs. If you see more spiders than usual, it’s time to take action! You wouldn’t want their families to come up again next spring.
You may notice more wasps around your fall outdoor activities – that’s because many of their natural food sources are gone, and they want to steal from you! They are also trying to prepare for their queen to have a nice, peaceful winter.
These are some of the bugs that seek shelter for the winter! And your house is very invite them. The tricky part with stink bugs? They are stinky! Whenever they feel threatened, they release a scent to protect themselves. In addition to the stinky smell, this defense mechanism can attract other stink bugs. Don’t worry too much about these bugs – they are more of a nuisance than a danger.
Keep your home pest free this fall and winter
Keeping annoying (and sometimes harmful) pests out of your home is all about prevention. And unfortunately in Alabama, that’s a year-round job! Vulcan Termite has the means and expertise to tackle all types of pests, from mosquitoes and termites to ants and mice. Get in touch with us today to take care of your pest problems!