Fall brings cooler weather, which means critters are going to be looking for a place to live. Your warm house is just the ticket for a free ride. Pests that often show up in the fall will make themselves home for the entire cold season if you don’t take precautions as soon as you notice them.
Mice are definitely on the prowl for a warm place to sleep, some free food and access to water. Your house provides all of that. They might be cute, but they can carry disease, leave their waste all over the place and chew up anything they can get their paws on for nests. Additionally, they could chew through wiring in your home, causing a potential fire hazard.
Mice are very difficult to get rid of once they enter your home and start breeding. If you can’t seem to get rid of them using traps, it’s time to call a professional mouse exterminator like Clint Miller Exterminating.
One of the easiest ways to keep pests out of your home is to keep it picked up. Minimize the threat of pests by:
Vacuuming crumbs and picking up other food messes immediately.
Repairing any plumbing leaks. Even a dripping faucet will attract thirsty pests.
Using smaller trash bags and taking the trash out every day. Or, at the least, keep the trash covered.
Keeping dry goods in plastic airtight-containers.
Trimming shrubs and bushes so that they are away from your home.
Having an exterminator spray the inside and outside of your home on a regular basis.
Making sure all cracks and holes that lead into your house are filled and sealed. Don’t forget to check areas where pipes and wiring go into your home.
The Southeastern United States is home to powerful pest populations which have their own seasons. Below is a list of bugs that you might see year ‘round but may become more prevalent in the fall include:
Cockroaches: These pests leave a mess and can carry disease. They mostly come out at night, but sometimes you’ll see them during the day, too.
Ants like sweet foods, but will go after almost any kind of food it can sniff out.
Bagworms are usually found outside in trees. They are moths in caterpillar forms.
Bees and wasps will sting. Many are allergic to their venom.
Centipedes like to hide out under rocks, but you may also find them in your basement.
Fleas generally like warmer weather, but you’ll see them in the fall if the weather stays warm.
Flies also prefer warmer weather, but warm North Carolina falls will keep these pests around.
Locusts are generally solitary bugs, but now and then they swarm and could cause a lot of damage to plants.
Termites will definitely do some damage to your home. They are found anywhere you have wood on your home.
Silverfish are usually brought in with boxes and look similar to cockroaches.
Dust mites live in your bedding and in carpets and cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are related to spiders.
Moths will nest in and chew holes in your clothing.
Carpenter ants don’t eat the wood in your house, but they do hollow out pine boards to make their nests.
As soon as you see any of these pests, you may want to contact a professional exterminator for pest control before they can do any damage to your home.
If you notice mice or other pests in or around your home, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to set up an appointment to exterminate the pests.