Monday, September 29, 2014
The list of fall invaders is quite long, but the pests you will most likely deal with in fall are: stink bugs, boxelder bugs, ladybugs, spiders, ants, fleas, roaches, crickets, and rodents. These nasty little buggers are looking for a warm place to hide till winter has passed, and your home is an appealing option, even if you don't keep a disgusting house. Filth just allows these pests to thrive, but they will endure a squeaky clean home to escape the freeze of winter.
Are they dangerous?
The simple answer is yes. Cockroaches and rodents love filthy things, and have no problem squeezing their nasty bodies through your cupboards. The same mouse that crawled through a nearby sewer is happy to chew his way into your sugar or flour bag. The slimy roach that feasted on a rotting carcass in your yard is the one rubbing his belly on your silverware. Decay, rot, and bacteria are easily spread by these two vermin.
Spiders can be dangerous pests, especially spiders like the black widow or brown recluse. These two spiders have very potent venom, and are more likely to be a problem in fall. But these aren't the only spiders that bite, and you could end up with unsightly red bumps on your nose and cheeks, if spider infestations aren't dealt with properly.
Wasps are in abundance during the fall, because they are maxing out their nests, and are increasing their patrol for food resources. Since wasps can swarm, and sting multiple times, they are dangerous to have around, especially if you are allergic to them.
Why are pests so bad in the fall?
Insects and rodents move inside to hibernate or overwinter. Most of the fall invaders are just looking for a nice, warm place to escape the frost. But if they find your home to be sufficiently dirty, and filled with food and water sources, they will be happy to stay for an extended period of time.
How can I stop pests from getting inside?
There are many options for sealing your home. Good working screens on all doors, windows, vents, openings, and chimneys is a good place to start. Seal up cracks in your foundation and siding with caulking. Check all your door sweeps and weather stripping, to make sure they are functioning properly.
What should I do if I have an infestation?
If you suspect you have an infestation, don't take any chances with the health of your family. Have a professional come and asses the issue. Many homeowners don't realize this, but when you come seeking help on one type of pest, you'll probably find out about another type of pest that has been plaguing you or your house for years. You might be getting the flu quite regularly, and find out it is because of rats you didn't even know you had. You might find that a section of your wall is completely eaten away by termites, because you called to get rid of an ant problem. If you have pest issues, have a professional give you a full assessment of the situation, and have the problem dealt with for good. Do it yourself solutions usually end in wasted time, wasted money, and continued infestation. Protect your family, and get it done right the first time.