As the weather gets colder here in Memphis, we tend to spend more time indoors, often wrapped in a comfy blanket near the fireplace. While the season entices everyone to shack up and rest, our job, as pest control experts, just gets harder.
See, it’s not just you who enjoys a warm place in the cold weather. Pests such as mice and bats also search for shelter from the cooler temperatures, ending up within the gaps, cracks and other openings within your home. These pests often go unnoticed until they’ve already caused substantial damage to homes and property.
Pest control is extremely important during the fall season, when pests are most likely to invade a property. And the problem doesn’t stop with the end of Fall. Termites and other bugs are aware that it gets cooler in winter, so they’ll want to overextend their stay by settling entire colonies within the confines of your walls.
As Summer’s warm temperatures become a fading memory, make sure your home is protected from pests at all ends. This article covers the types of pests are most common during fall, what you can do to prevent them from entering, and how you can implement efficient pest control measures if they have already entered your house.
What Kind of Pests Are Most Common in the Fall?
Rats and Mice
Among the list of pests that need to be addressed during fall, rodents like rats and mice hold the top spot. Not only are they common home invaders, they are also very destructive. During colder temperatures, rats tend to generate more body heat by gnawing or clawing onto whatever they find. This includes your electrical wires, support beams, and water pipes.
Rats and mice are most commonly found in closets, attics, and basements. So, you should start surveying from there. Also check the external structure of your house for any gaps that might serve as an entry for pests. If droppings and gnaw marks are recurrent, your home is probably infested with rats or mice.
Flies often become a problem during the Fall, as they retreat from the cold weather, to warmer lodging. A common misconception is that they hibernate like other animals, when in fact they enter a diapause state, which means their metabolism slows down but doesn’t reach the levels of their hibernating counterparts.
So what do they do with all this free time? Well, in preparation for the upcoming colder weathers, flies lay their eggs within the warmer confines of your home. The younger flies won’t come out of their makeshift forts until the summer season arrives, after which they’ll proceed to spread through your house in huge numbers.
And while you may think that flies are nothing more than a buzzing nuisance, they have the potential to cause a lot of damage to the health of your family. Typhoid, diarrhea, and tuberculosis are just some of the diseases these flying pests carry. Be on the lookout for cluster flies as they are the most common species in Tennessee.
While these sneaky six legged insects are most fond of interrupting all your picnics, they can also take residence in small gaps within the house during colder seasons. The problem with ants isn’t that they are more destructive than other pests, it’s that they move in numbers, and by numbers we mean tens of thousands of ants in a single colony. You might get rid of a few with a spray or fumigation, but with their extremely fast reproduction rates, they’ll catch up in no time.
How Do I Prevent Pests From Entering My House?
You can take certain preventative measures to keep pests away from the confines of your home. These include:
Sealing Gaps and Openings
Since most pests are small, tiny gaps beneath the door and around the windows are sufficient for them to pass through. Check for extra wide utility openings such as wiring and pipes and fill them with a suitable material such as acrylic latex or foam. Besides pest control, the material will also insulate the house.
Installing a Chimney Cap
Chimneys are an entryway for flying creepy crawlies such as bats and stinging or biting bugs. Consult a fireplace or chimney professional about the best way to make your chimney pest-proof.
Believe it or not, landscaping is a great pest control measure during the fall season. Fallen leaves and wild shrub growth around the yard can attract insects due to their aroma and the protection that they provide. These insects can eventually make their way into your home, especially during night due to their affinity with your porch lighting. To prevent this, make sure to cut all wild bushes and shrubs around the house. Regularly mowing the lawn and scraping leaves will also keep insects away.
What If They Have Already Entered My House?
While preventative measures can be executed as a DIY project, the same cannot always be said about control measures, which often require the help of an expert. If you are in need of a Memphis pest control professional, call All-State Pest and Lawn at (901)757-9111.