Fall is on its way, and with it, we can expect cooler temperatures, brightly-colored leaves, and cozy evenings. As we move indoors, the pests found in our area are looking to do the same thing, meaning that our homes may be at risk for numerous pest invasions this autumn. Let’s take a look at some of the pests we may run into this upcoming season!
You may see signs of rodent activity this fall as the weather starts to cool off. Mice and rats are the likely rodents to invade your home, especially this time of year. One telltale sign of a rodent infestation is the droppings they leave behind, which you may find in your kitchen cabinets and your pantry as well as in your bathroom cabinets, attic, and basement. You may also notice chew marks or even see them scurry across your floor. The smell of their nests alone, which wreak of urine and feces, is reason enough to seek pest control as soon as possible. Besides creating an unpleasant odor in your home, these rodents can also cause severe damages to the wooden structure of your home as well as wires, cables, insulation, and any other items that stand in their way. These pests can also find their way into the food in your cupboards and may even rummage through your trash. Since these pests able chew through cardboard and plastic packaging, having rats and mice in your home often results in spoiled or contaminated food items. In addition, rodents are a health hazard as they are been known to spread multiple harmful diseases. To sum things up, rodents can damage both your home and your health and are definitely not a pest you want around.
These small bugs can find their way into your home fairly easily by hitching a ride on furniture, clothes, suitcases, or even people! Bed bugs can be picked up in just about any public place including retail stores, movie theaters, public transportation vehicles, airports, hospitals, and hotels. Bed bugs do not make good houseguests! Just the idea of having a bed bug infestation in your home can cause you to experience sleepless nights and distress. On top of that, these pests will feed on your blood while you sleep and leave clusters of itchy red bites on your body, mainly on exposed areas of skin such as your arms, legs, and ankles. Bed bugs are a huge nuisance and can be extremely difficult to get rid of due to their small size, their rapid reproduction rate, and their resiliency to a variety of treatment methods.
Stink bugs are another pest that you may experience problems with this fall. These insects increase in number throughout the year, resulting in more and more invasions especially when the fall season arrives. Stink bugs are nuisance pests that will end up in unwanted places around your home if they find their way inside. They have a defense mechanism that emits an odor through scent glands in their abdomens which is meant to protect them from being eaten. However, it’s not fun to have inside a household! When squished, these pests give off a particularly strong and unpleasant odor.
Spiders can invade throughout the summer, but when the fall season rolls around, the likelihood of a spider infestation increases. And it doesn’t take long for spiders to multiply, so if just a couple spiders find their way into your home, you may soon be dealing with a full-blown infestation! Aside from causing you quite a scare when they drop from the ceiling or crawl across the counter, these pests will also leave their unsightly webs all over your home and may even bite, depending on the species.
Before fall arrives, it’s important to protect your home by implementing pest prevention techniques. It’s better to prevent them from getting inside than to have to deal with them once they’ve entered your home. Sealing all holes and cracks to your home is one of the best ways to prevent pests from gaining access to your home. It is also a good idea to replace any damaged screens and vents and to caulk any damaged trim and frames. At Witt Pest Management, we understand the frustrations of trying to control and prevent pests on your own which is why we offer a variety of pest control services to keep them out and eliminate them if they have already made their way inside. Our technicians are well trained to help to keep your home pest-free this season! Don’t let pest keep you from enjoying all that fall has to offer! Contact Witt Pest Management today to learn more about how we can help!