Fall bugs are abundant – as the seasons change, you’ll see pests coming and going. Overwintering pests start making their way inside for shelter, while “summer” bugs, like flies and stinging insects, linger.
Fall bugs aren’t the only thing to watch out for: rodent control and exclusion should be your #1 fall priority, as mice and rats seek a warm place for winter. Walls, closets, pantries, and attics are inviting…and droppings and gnaw marks are signs of a problem.
Common rodents: Deer Mouse, House Mouse, Norway Rat, Roof Rat, White-Footed Mouse
TIP: Conduct a thorough exterior inspection for gaps and holes where rodents may enter.
The south- and west-facing walls of your home may attract fall flies in search of heat – and if they are already overwintering, a warm day may bring them out of hiding.
Common flies: Cluster Flies, Fruit Flies, House Flies
TIP: Prevent flies from ever entering by surveying for any entry ways.
After working all summer to create the largest nest possible, it becomes a struggle to feed so many mouths with temperatures dropping and food sources dwindling. Under these circumstances, stinging insects can become hostile. If you think you have found a nest, take caution.
Common stinging insects: Yellow Jackets, Honey Bees
TIP: Wasps frequently nest in garages or sheds. If you think you’ve found a nest, take caution.
Cool autumn weather may bring ant trails indoors. Ants sometimes move their colonies into the walls of your home or beneath a slab foundation to escape the chill.
Common ants: Pavement Ants, Odorous House Ants
TIP: Pavement ant colonies can be difficult to locate. If problems persist, contact a professional.
This time of year can include a bevy of unique fall insects, including stink bugs, box elders, and lady beetles (aka ladybugs). Pests enter homes and businesses seeking an overwintering site where they can wait out the winter.
Occasional intruders: Stink bugs, Lady Beetles, Box Elders
TIP: Late summer and early fall are the optimal time to treat for stink bugs. Your Western service technician can point out ways in which occasional invaders can come into your home and make recommendations to exclude these critters.
Moisture below your home can draw cockroaches. Maintenance is your best roach control weapon, from general cleanliness to repair of cracks and gaps that can let roaches in.
Common Cockroaches: American cockroach, German cockroach, Oriental cockroach
TIP: If you have a roach problem, move food to sealed containers to eliminate an attraction.