Pests to Watch Out for in the Fall

As summer draws to a close, and temperatures begin to drop, some of the seasons’ most pesky insects begin to fade as well. However, while you may notice a drop in the mosquito count, certain pests can become their own issue during the fall if you’re not vigilant. Here is a list of specific pests to watch out for this fall:

Cockroaches

These insects are unpleasant house guests for a number of reasons, including their tendency to make asthma symptoms worse and spread E.coli. While they thrive mostly during the warmest months of the year, their bodies cannot withstand the cold which leads them to migrate indoors entirely over the winter months. Cockroaches typically have a lifespan of about one year, and some species carry the ability to reproduce over 300,000 new roaches in this same time span. With this in mind, if you notice even one or two signs of cockroaches call a professional immediately to avoid a wintertime nightmare.

Ants

Like cockroaches, ants are likely to move indoors rather than living either entirely outdoors or in between the two as the weather gets colder. Ants, however, are also avoiding the wetness. So if you start to notice an increasing number of ants indoors as the moist, cool fall weather picks up that is not unusual. Some studies indicate that because of this migration indoors, and concentration of population, the fall may be the most effective time to take action.

Bees and Wasps

Bees become very active during the fall, in preparation for hibernation. During this time, some stinging species may become more aggressive and protective of their nests or hives. At this point in the year, their population has reached its maximum as well. For homeowners this grows concerning especially if there’s a lack of available food sources for them nearby at which point they are likely to attempt to enter your home where they can smell your abundance of food.

Rodents

Like the other pests discussed in this post, rodents are most active in the fall and looking to move indoors for the winter seasons. If your yard is a welcoming place for rodents or your home is not properly prepared to keep them out, then you are likely to find these little creatures creating nests and scavenging your food sources as the winter months draw nearer.

As always, if you’re having a problem with any of these pests contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area, including Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Clifton Park, New York.