Preparing Your Home for Fall Pests

The time has come and it is now the time to start preparing for the worst of the cold pests that will start to invade homes during the fall season. The weather this year has been particularly “strange” to say the least and so, although pests’ behaviors are a little bit abnormal, one thing that won’t change as the temperature begins to cool is that pests will try to find a way to overwinter in a safe haven, which is most likely, your home.

As the fall season quickly approaches, we want to equip you with the information you need to protect your home from pest invasions. Animals and insects alike will easily find a way into your home if you let them and so be as prepared as you can be.

INSECTS

There are always common insects that will try to invade the house before it gets too cold to survive outdoors. For other insects, they may be nearing the end of their life span and reproduction cycle during this season or it may be one of the last peak activity seasons while they forage for food for the winter. These pests may include, but is definitely not limited to, ants, cockroaches, spiders, termites, stink bugs, and yellow jackets.

Some insects, like stink bugs or other true bug species like boxelder bugs, will begin to swarm inside the house to try and overwinter in places like the attic. To keep bugs out of the house, you have to have a good outdoor protection. Exterior treatment must be done with thoroughness, targeting all cracks and crevices as well as utility lines that enters the building and can possible serve as an entry point. We recommend a long residual concentrate liquid spray that is diluted with water and sprayed with a pump sprayer. You can create a barrier when doing a perimeter treatment by creating an “L-shape” barrier around the entire perimeter of the house. Create the barrier by spraying up from the base of the structure and spraying out from the base of the structure. Do not forget to treat window or door frames. Apart from chemical treatment, we do recommend mechanical control by inspecting the structure. Often times, pests can crawl into the structure by broken screens or cracks and crevices around the window frames, door frames, or along the base of the structure. By eliminating these possible entry points, half the battle has already been won.

There are some insect pests that will become more aggressive during this season as they do their final foraging for food or mating before the end of their life cycle. These insects may include ants (especially fire ants), termites, or yellow jackets. Their behavior may become more aggressive as they approach the end of their life cycle. For some insects like fire ants, it may be the best season to apply insecticides or baits so that as they forage for food, you will be able to weaken them so that they are unable to adequately find shelter before the winter.

ANIMALS

Animals may start to venture indoors as the temperature drops and the most common of these will be rodents like rats and mice. Although rodents are a year-long problem, you may notice that they become more problematic when the temperature lowers and the seasons change.

To make sure you minimize the chances of infestation, make sure that all openings are sealed. Keep in mind that mice and rats will be able to enter the smallest of holes, much smaller than those that we would imagine. This means that you should not only inspect the exterior of the structure, but the interior of the structure as well in places like under the sinks, cabinets, around the stove or laundry machines, and even behind the toilet. Some of the more visible holes must be sealed with copper mesh or thoroughly caulked.

Sanitation is the biggest key to minimizing rodent infestations. Because rodents love the foods that we love, making sure that your living quarters are clean, without crumbs, and that all foods are properly disposed of or stored, will be essential in keeping rodents out.

If you are able to keep your home inhospitable to rodents, then they will lose interest and will most likely look for shelter that will be able to provide them with more food.

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Date: Wednesday, 18. September 2013 9:37
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2 comments

  1. 1

    Does anyone know if the Kudzu bugs will gather on
    our pet dogs when they need to be let outside?

  2. 2

    Kudzu bugs are part of the family of stink bugs. They are attracted to bright colors and light so you will most likely see them clinging on to the sunny sides of the home and around windows where the sun will shine through. If you dog has a bright colored coat, its possible that they may occasionally land on your pet. However it would not be a landing zone of preference to the Kudzu bugs.

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