The Pest Movement and Patterns During Fall

In the fall season, many pests will begin to invade your home. Some families are unsure how to predict the patterns and movements of certain pests in their region. Most importantly, they want to understand why during fall is when insects become more hostile to our homes.

Colder Temperatures

During fall, temperatures will begin to flux between cooler and warmer temperatures. The change in climate affects certain animals to head for warmer areas around the world or causes them to prepare for hibernation. Many insects are known to be cold-blooded and will be attracted to a source of light to keep them alive. At night, the house lights will indicate a source of heat to certain pests such as moths and ladybugs.

Moisture Builds Over Time

As fall grows colder towards winter temperatures, moisture will begin to form indoors and outdoors more often. This can attract pests who enjoy damp living conditions. The places you will likely worry about are the basements and attics. They are the perfect rooms for pests as they are used for storage for anything unused resulting in objects collecting moisture over time. Keep these areas dry, clean and search for any possible signs of infestation. Buying a dehumidifier can help catch moisture during the season.

How Food is Stored

Our refrigerators protect our frozen and fresh food products; however, our pantries have more risk during the fall – As like every living being, pests need to eat. Cockroaches, rats, and mice are scavengers and will take anything from your garbage to your pantry. It’s best to keep these pantries with only canned foods as they can be salvaged by cleaning their exterior with soap and hot water and are impenetrable to these pests.

Flea and Fly Season

If you have any household pets, fleas and gnats will be the most frustrating pests to take care of. Flies are attracted to pungent scents, chasing after feces in bathrooms and pet terrariums. They also enjoy going after your garbage, eating leftover scraps or rotting food. Fleas for all seasons need to survive on the blood of a living, furry animal. During fall, they will use carpets as their second home. Cleaning your pet areas, kitchens and bathing your furry pets will help lower their numbers from multiplying.
If you’d like to know more ways to protect your home or need a pest inspection, please contact B&B Exterminator.