As the weather cools down, you may think that your struggle with pests is over because you will spend lots of time indoors away from the buzzing insects that infest summer and spring. Unfortunately, there are a host of pests that are active in cold weather. Some of the pests are more active in the Fall, and they may try making their way into your home. Keep reading to get a look at the common fall pest control problems you are likely to encounter.
Ants are cold-blooded insects that need warmth, a source of warmth to survive cold weather. Their drive for warmth will lead them to your home; they hunt as a group; thus, you may face an infestation from an army of ants. You can use a water and vinegar solution to wipe them out. Also, reduce food and warm places around your home.
There is an influx of several types of beetles as fall approaches; the pests are looking for a place to hibernate in the cold weather. The most prevalent beetles include stink bugs, ladybugs, and boxelder bugs. They are pesticide-resistant, and only vacuuming seems like a solution. Take preventive measures in your household to deter them from encroaching.
Beetles usually seek the warmest areas in the west or south-facing side of a homestead. Check those warm areas and ensure that all gaps and openings around doors and windows are sealed. You can use pesticide sprays to get rid of the insects. Through this, you will be able to keep the beetles at bay.
Roaches start encroaching homesteads as the cold sets into the search for warmth, food, and water. Use a proactive roach control approach to get rid of cockroaches. Reduce water and food sources, heighten house cleaning, and de-clutter places that may serve as hiding spots like creaks and cracks. Store leftovers in storage containers, repair plumbing leaks, and seal gaps.
If the roaches in your house are of diverse sizes, they may have reached the infestation stage. Seek professional help from an exterminator or craft a pest control program that entails monthly or quarterly treatments and a thorough inspection. Do not use OTC sprays because they are only on-the-spot killers and prevent pest reproduction.
4. Stinging Insects
Many of the stinging insects ramp up their activity during fall. In a bid to prepare their Queen for winter, the insects become more aggressive and can readily sting you. Cold weather conditions hamper the insect’s food collection efforts forcing them to turn to your trash container for food.
You can use a responsible pest control method while combating stinging insects like honeybees to ensure that they are safely relocated due to their dwindling numbers. Take a professional dust application approach when tackling insects like yellow jackets and wasps because they pose a threat.
Mice search for warmth and food during cold weather, making your homestead a target. You can prevent their entry by rodent-proofing your house. Seal all the openings and gaps on your house’s exterior. Cover outdoor vents, clear the yard and any vegetation around your home. Ensure no holes on door and window screens; use glue boards in places that are rarely used, like attics and basements.
Pest problems do not go away in the Fall. Some of the pests becomes more prevalent in the cold weather, embrace pest control methods like repair of crevices and pesticides to eradicate pests. A pest-free house leaves you in peace and alleviates anxieties.