You might feel as though fall is a lovely time of year, but pests don’t. Pests equate the shorter days and slowly declining temperatures with the coming of winter. In short, the great outdoors are not as pleasant as they once were. Why should you care? Worried pests begin looking for warmer climates, and that could mean your home becomes the choice location! Less sunlight and cooler nights tell pests that it is time to seek out a nice warm place for the winter. Humans have built them just the cozy place they need.
Who wouldn’t like a little free rent, right? Pests like the idea of free rent and utilities too, and in the fall they’ll attempt to make their way indoors to warmer living conditions. Many different pests begin making their way into homes around the country when fall arrives. Let’s take a look a few of the most common pests that you’re likely to see when the days get shorter.
Cockroaches Can Make You Sick
Cockroaches may already be living and breeding in secret inside your house. Having these kinds of bugs in your home has more implications than you may think. Air quality and cockroaches don’t mix. Cockroaches and their “debris” can contribute to poor air quality. This leads to an increased risk of colds and flu. Why? There is a link between poor indoor air quality and overall health and the strength of one’s immune system. Cockroaches bring bacteria and can even contribute to asthma attacks.
Many factors, such as degassing furniture, paint and cleaning chemicals can all combine to decrease indoor air quality. But there is another often overlooked factor in the form of these repulsive critters. During the fall, cockroaches that may be outdoors or living just outside your home will head indoors if given an opportunity.
Rodents and Freeloading Fleas Are as Bad as Bugs in Your Home
Rats and mice are warm blooded. Most of us don’t like them living in our homes, but they are mammals and want to stay warm in the winter just like we do. Rats and mice will eagerly jump into your home to get out of the elements if given a chance. Rodents can also bring other unwanted guests with them – fleas! Rodent control is essential for the health and safety of your family.
Spiders Can Leave You a Nasty Surprise
Spiders frequently head indoors during the fall. They will lay eggs and then die, leaving a whole new crop of spiders for you to deal with! Don’t forget that some spiders are poisonous and have hazards beyond just making webs.
Flies and Fruit Flies Love a Healthy Snack
Flies and fruit flies will head indoors as the weather gets cooler as well. Ripe fruit and even root vegetables, such as onions, can provide fertile ground for fruit flies. If you suddenly have an unplanned outbreak of fruit flies, take a look at what fresh fruit or root vegetables might be lying around.
How Can You Prevent Fall Season Pests from Making Your Life Miserable?
There are a few steps that you can take to greatly reduce the chances of having an invasion of bugs in your home this fall:
1) Seal up cracks and crevices with caulk.
2) Make life harder for pests by using weatherproofing strips on your doors and windows. This step will also save you money on heating bills!
3) Keep food in sealed containers.
4) Keep an eye out for the signs of a rodent problem, and contact a pest control expert at the first sign of trouble.
By following the four steps above, you can dramatically reduce your risk of a problem. Play your cards right during the fall, and you can enjoy fall colors instead of thinking about bugs in your home!