Now that the Dog Days of summer are almost behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to autumn. Cooler temperatures mean so many great things -- football and holidays to name a couple -- but the change in the weather also brings with it the threat of pests. Here are some of the pests that we tend to see more of in the fall:
I know what you’re thinking: “We’ve already had to deal with these things all summer!” And while that may be true, it’s not uncommon to see roach activity actually increase in when the weather changes. Colder, wetter conditions outside can often drive pests into the house that are looking for warmer, cozier places to settle down for the winter.
Just like roaches are coming in to get out of the weather, so are rats, mice and other rodents. As much as they love the summer months outdoors, once the thermometer drops, they start looking for a place to burrow down -- and your attic or crawlspace might just seem like the perfect spot! And, as you may know, rodents never travel alone. If you see one, it’s not unreasonable to assume there are several more that you haven’t spotted yet.
If you spent some time traveling this summer, then this might be a wake-up call: summer travels can lead to autumn bed bugs. Think about it: bed bugs are known to make their way into houses by hitchhiking inside your luggage. If you visited an infested place this summer, you may have brought some into your home without even realizing it. Give them a few weeks to get their bearings and bring their numbers up, and then voila! You’ve got a bed bug problem!
Stink bugs tend to be more active this time of the year, so autumn is when you’re most likely to see them. The good news is that these bugs are harmless. They won’t bite or scratch, and they’re relatively clean and don’t carry tons of diseases with them. The bad news, though, is that their name is pretty accurate: if you see one and decide to squish it, get ready to hold your nose because they produce a very foul odor! The best way to prevent that is to avoid them in your house in the first place.
Well, there you go -- four pests to protect your home against this upcoming autumn. If you’d like to know more about how to do just that, or if you need help treating an existing infestation, please contact us at Dayton's Pest Control today!