What You Need to Know about Fall Pest Control
The air is getting cooler, the days shorter, and the leaves beginning to change colors. That can only mean one thing; autumn is just around the corner! With the change in the weather, now is a great time to talk about the steps you need to take for fall pest control.Fall is a double-edged sword when it comes to pests. The cooler weather and a shortage of food means many common pests will die off and go into hibernation. With the first good frost, you can expect a sharp drop in bugs that have plagued you all summer, like flies and mosquitoes.
However, the tougher conditions outdoors also ensures that pests will be getting more desperate for food and shelter. This means that your home, yard, and garden are tempting targets to cold and hungry critters.
Common Fall PestsFor many animals, fall is the last chance to stock up on food and establish a comfortable home for the cold winter ahead. Rodents, like mice and squirrels, and especially notorious for this. They’ll be looking not only to steal your food, but also for a nice nest in your walls or attic.
Birds become bigger pests during autumn, especially the larger omnivorous ones. Crows and jays will target your farm and garden for corn, pumpkins, and other vegetables that become ready for harvest this time of year.
As people spend more and more time indoors, insects that thrive on living beings often become a problem. Expect infestations of fleas and bed bugs to be on the rise this time of year and be ready to combat them.
Autumn Pest PreventionAs those leaves start falling, they provide a protective blanket for bugs, rodents, and reptiles to take cover in. As soon as they start accumulating, you need to begin raking them up and getting them disposed of. Be especially careful to remove any buildups near your home.
Many crops become ripe for the picking during this time, and animals know it. Take all the standard precautions; a combination of chemical and physical barriers works best. Getting a cat or scarecrow to stand guard may also frighten away birds and nosey rodents.
Inspect your home for any vulnerabilities is may have developed throughout the year. Look for cracks and gaps in the foundation, walls, windows, doors, and roof. Remember that animals can get very creative when it comes to getting into a warm, comfortable house. If you’re unsure how to do a home inspection, consider contacting an exterminator to come assess the situation.