Importance of Pest Control in the Fall
During the spring months, most people are on their A-game when it comes to scheduling pest control maintenance. Yet, when summer comes to a close and slowly rolls into fall, proper pest control falls by the wayside. Although the temperature cools and everything in nature seems to be still and silent, the pests you’ve worked so hard to prevent from entering your home during the rest of the year are still very active and alert in the fall. Pest control isn’t just reserved for the warmer months of the year so this month we’re talking about the importance of pest control in the fall.
Common Fall Pests
The most common fall pests are unsurprisingly also present throughout the year: mice, rats, squirrels, bats, flies, beetles, ants, spiders, wasps, and roaches. Stopping pest control in the fall (and winter) months could put your home in jeopardy. The cozy environments that a house offers during the cooler months can lead to pest invasion, where these insects and creatures will thrive and multiply.
Did you know that stinging insects and ants remain an issue even in the fall? Although they’re out-and-about during the spring and summer (which is the time of year we usually associate them with), they become very hostile during the fall, as they’re all desperately searching for a place to live during the cooler months. Bees frequently are found in the attic, wasps in garages, and ants (surprisingly) beneath the foundation of your home or even in the walls.
The Reason Why
The biggest reason why is simply because all the insects and creepy crawly critters are seeking out your home for the winter long-haul. It’s warm, it’s inviting, and sometimes you might even be gracious enough to leave debris and food sources out for them. How could they pass up the invite? Hence the importance of pest control in the fall.
What To Do
Mice and rats love walls, attics, and pantries; much like any other pest, they go where the food is. These guys not only carry numerous diseases, but they’re also dangerous for your wires and insulation. Unfortunately, they can get through holes that are as big as a coin. This inspection, and looking for these possible entrances, will help prevent rodents from entering your home.
- Check the chimney for evidence of bats’ and birds’ nests, then hire a pest control company to remove them from your property and properly, safely prevent any other families from making a home there.
- Get your crawl spaces encapsulated. This not only saves you money in the long run, but it also ensures that the air being filtered into your home is clean and mold-free. As far as fall pests are concerned, crawl spaces (if it’s not encapsulated) are generally the most humid and warm areas in your home (and the most infrequently visited), making them the perfect spot for pests to set up shop.
- Remove any dead plants. Clean up dried leaves, branches, and other debris that naturally liters your yard as fall begins. Also trim overgrown plants and shrubs, cutting them back enough so that they don’t touch your home.
- And, of course, continue a regularly scheduled pest control plan (with Economic Exterminators).