Summer is in the rearview mirror, and although you may think longingly back to days spent in the hot sun, you’ve probably enjoyed the growing absence of pesky bugs. Many Pittsburgh homeowners consider summer to be the only time of year when they have to worry about pest control. Stinging insects outside, house flies inside, and mosquitoes everywhere can make life miserable. But, if you think you’re in the clear now that bug season is behind you, think again. Fall is a busy time for pest infestations. In Pittsburgh, fall is often the busiest time of year for pest infestations and the time of year when pest control is needed most.
Why Fall is a Busy Time of Year for Pests
While some pests die off in the fall, many do not. The ones that live through winter have to find a warm place to spend the coldest months. Is your home the perfect target?
Many insects, such as ladybugs, beetles, and box elder bugs, get inside walls in the fall and then overwinter there. They may appear in your house on an unseasonably warm winter day as they think it’s spring and start looking for a way out.
Other pests, such as mice and rats, can get into your house and remain active throughout the winter. They can build nests in your attic, chew through your walls and wiring, contaminate your food, and leave droppings everywhere.
Once pests get into your house in the fall, they are difficult to remove. There’s no easy way to get to the insects inside your walls, and rodents can be even more difficult to remove, not to mention more dangerous. The best thing to do when it comes to fall pests is to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place.
Prevention Tips for Fall Pests in Pittsburgh
Preparing your home and property for fall pest invasions is the best way to prevent pests from getting inside. Considering pests’ habits can help you understand what steps to take to make your property unattractive to fall pests.
- Remove debris from your lawn. Fallen branches and leaf litter provide hiding spots for pests which allows them to get close to your house.
- Cut back foliage around your house. This reduces hiding areas, as well as eliminates “bridges” to your house that allow for easier access.
- Eliminate food sources. Don’t leave pet food outside, get rid of bird feeders, and keep garbage in tightly covered bins.
- Reduce moisture around the outside of your house. Eliminate low spots on your lawn where water may collect, clean out your gutters on a regular basis, and don’t leave pet water dishes outside.
- Seal all potential entries into your house, shed, garage, and other outbuildings. This includes cracks in your foundation, gaps around your windows and doors, caps on your chimney, and screens over downspouts and vents.
- Inside, keep all food stored in sealed containers. Don’t leave food out on the counter.
- Clean all messes as soon as they happen. Don’t leave dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink.
- Vacuum and sweep frequently.
- Take out the garbage on a regular basis.
- Keep moisture levels low. Periodically check for leaks. Use dehumidifiers in humid rooms.
- Reduce clutter to reduce hiding spots. Do this in both your house and any outbuildings you own.
How to Guarantee a Pest-Free Fall and Winter in Your Pittsburgh Home
Whether you have a current pest problem or simply wish to prevent one from occurring, Witt Pest Management can help. We offer year-round pest control that keeps problem pests from getting into your house, as well as services to remove current pest problems. Contact us to schedule an inspection and get a plan customized to your specific needs.