Common Fall Pests (and How to Control Them)

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • September 30, 2016

The Most Common Fall Intruders Are…

Sweater weather is approaching! While we bundle up, certain pests will find warmth and comfort by inviting themselves into your home.

To keep your family safe and worry-free, we compiled a list of the most common fall intruders and what you can do to prevent them:

Rodents

Did you know that a mouse can sneak in through a hole the size of a dime? Disturbing to say the least. These sneakers spread diseases, build nests, and chew through important wiring. To make matters worse, they don’t tend to travel alone. They’ll be bringing in other kinds of pests on them such as fleas, mites, ticks, and lice – causing a whole slew of headaches. It’s important to keep rodents from invading so they don’t wreck havoc in your home.

Bed bugs

Don’t let their name deceive you, these itchy pests will infest much more than just beds. They catch a ride on clothing and suitcases to get into your home and then inhabit any fabrics, furniture, and luggage in the house while they wait to prey on you.

Not sure if you have bed bugs or just mosquito bites? Learn how to tell the difference!

Cockroaches

Besides being unsightly, creepy, and crawly, cockroaches have the potential to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria into your home and can trigger asthma attacks in children. In the fall, you’ll most likely find them near pipes and drains – but under our watch, you won’t find them in your house at all.

Here’s our guide to getting rid of cockroaches for good!

Ants

Though they’re tiny, they are fierce. This season, you might find a variety of ants intruding on your base and should take action immediately. You probably are aware of ants to an extent, but might be surprised at the damage they can cause. Odorous house ants can contaminate food and carpenter ants will damage the structure of a home.

Check out these tips on what to do when the ants come marching!

Stink bugs

Named for the odor they emit when killed or frightened, stink bugs are unwanted visitors to many homes in the fall. They spend the winter inside walls, attics and crawl spaces and can damage clothing, furniture and other fabrics with their droppings.

Keep stink bugs out of your home in the fall with our tips!

Spiders

These 8-legged invaders are feared by over 30% of the US population according to Statistic Brain, the third highest fear of the population. And they will be waiting to creep into your house this fall. Make sure you take all of the preventative measures to keep them out of your life this fall.

Getting rid of the pests:

1. SEAL! Number one on the list for a reason. Before fall approaches, be sure to seal all cracks around the foundation of your home to prevent any of these pests from getting in. Just like you, they’re seeking warmth indoors so filling any cracks is your best bet to keeping them out.

2. Keep bushes trimmed and away from the house. Any clutter you have around your exterior creates a possible waiting space for intruders to habitat until an open door invites them in. Stack any firewood away from the house for the same reason.

3. Clean inside too. Pests come in because it’s cold out, but they nest in messes. Always store food in airtight containers to prevent bugs from contaminating your food. You should also dust and vacuum often to prevent any invaders or treat pests that are already there.

4. Buy insecticide/mouse traps from your local hardware store. Be sure that you do your research before buying any insect killer to ensure that you will be treating the right pest. Just like antibiotics, you can cause harm (and waste time) if you are spraying the wrong kind of insecticide.

5. Last but not least, know when to leave it to the pros. Sometimes the invasion gets out of control, and it’s best to leave it to the experts before the problem escalates. Recognize when to put down the pesticide and pick up the phone. Call our pest removal experts today at Killingsworth for your professional treatment.

For a full explanation of each of the most common NC and SC pests, signs of them, how to prevent and treat them when they invade your home, download our Pest Encyclopedia!

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