Fall has finally arrived! It’s time to throw up some seasonal decorations, enjoy the cooler weather, get cozy, and prepare yourself for the holiday season. With summer ending, you might think your pest battle is over, but unfortunately, fall is a very busy pest season. As the temperature drops, plenty of pests come out seeking food and shelter. One of the best ways to prepare for the fall season is to become aware of the most common fall pests.
- Bed Bugs
Fall is a popular time for travel and bed bugs. As students go back and forth from school to home, people take trips for family gatherings, and sports fans travel to games, we notice a big increase in bed bug activity. Bed bugs often hitch a ride on clothing, purses, and suitcases, making it quite easy to get from one place to another. If you’ve noticed small red welts on your skin, dark spots, areas of dry blood, or eggshells on your bedding, you are probably dealing with an infestation. You’ll want to bring in a team of professionals as soon as possible before these bugs have the chance to spread throughout your home.
Cockroaches are one of the most common fall pests. They head inside during this season in search of food, water, and a warm place to hide. They often choose to stay near pipes and drains and behind walls, where they cannot be seen. If you happen to spot one or more cockroaches in your home, this is a sign that you are dealing with an infestation. These critters carry plenty of bacteria and need to be flushed out of your home right away.
Rats and mice also head inside during fall in search of warm shelter, food, and water to help them survive the winter season. It’s usually quite easy for rodents to make their way inside of a home because even a full-grown rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter and mice can fit through holes as small as a dime!
Common signs of a rodent infestation in your home include:
- Gnawed wires
- Scampering noises in the attic
- Small droppings
- Unusual pet behavior
- Chewed up holes in your walls
Because rodents are rampant carriers of diseases and often bring other pests—such as fleas and ticks— along with them, it is important that you treat an infestation right away.
While you will often find spiders in your home year-round, fall is mating season. During this time, male spiders will enter a home in search of a mate and females will begin to lay their eggs, so you will probably start to notice an increase in activity. While spiders are a beneficial species, they are best left outside. So, if you discover you have a spider problem inside, it is a good idea to schedule professional pest control to take care of it.
- Stink Bugs
Found in at least 43 states around the country, stink bugs become active during the fall. These pests leave their outside nests once the temperatures begin to drop in search of some warm shelter. While stink bugs don’t transmit diseases, they often damage clothing, furniture, and other fabricated items in a home with their droppings. They also leave behind their famous smelly excretion when they feel threatened, making them just about one of the last pests you want to deal with in your home.
While you probably assume that bees are most active during the summer, that is not always true. During fall, bees are working around the clock to prepare themselves for winter. You might notice an increase in activity during this time as they gather as many nutrients as possible. Because bees are beneficial insects, we recommend leaving them be unless they are causing a problem for your family.
Schedule Pest Control Today!
We know the last thing you want to deal with is a pest problem. Unfortunately, you can’t always keep the pests out, which is where the professionals come in. At proof. pest control, our team offers comprehensive pest control services, guaranteed to flush infestations from your home and keep it safe.
Our team uses organic solutions to take care of over 30 different types of pests, including:
- Bed bugs
When you’re ready to take back control of your home, call our team at (888) 658-5191. We can also be reached through our online contact form.