As temperatures drop, you may notice some common fall pests stirring in your home. These pests are known in the pest industry as occasional invaders; seasonal pests that tend to appear depending on the environment. As unsettling as the sight of an intruding pest can be, seeing one insect doesn’t signify a full blown infestation. From boxelder bugs to field mice, these pests are most active in the fall as they seek food and shelter for overwintering. Beetles, Indian meal moths, and rats are additional culprits that may be crawling around your corners or nesting in your wall voids. Click on the occasional invader below for more information on what your fall pest is and how to get rid of it.

12 Common Fall Pests

Cigarette Beetle Confused flour beetle Spider beetle Larder Beetle
Cigarette Beetle Confused Flour Beetle Spider Beetle Larder Beetle
house centipede Stink Bug Boxelder Bug Asian Beetle
Centipede Stink Bug Boxelder Bug Asian Lady Beetle
Mouse Norway Rat Silverfish
House Mouse Norway Rat Silverfish Fruit Fly

 

How Do Bugs Get In?

Unfortunately, even the best home security cameras cannot keep your home safe from a lot of these common fall pests. Tiny critters can take advantage of the smallest cracks or crevices to gain a warm place to hibernate over the cold months or be within close proximity of an easy food source. Our Fall 2019 Seasonal Pest Gazette offers more tips on how to prevent occasional invaders from intruding.

Fall pest prevention around your home will help ensure a pest-free winter.

  • Spend time checking the perimeter of your home, removing foliage, standing water, checking screens for tears and checking siding for cracks.
  • Raking back dead leaves and clearing your gutters will work wonders for pest prevention through the Fall and Winter.
  • Do your best to make your home unattractive to pests so that you’re not bombarded with activity in the Spring.

keep fall pests out

Do Bugs Die in the Winter?

It’s common to hear folks ask “Why do I need a pest service during cold months if everything just dies off at that time?” Quite contrary to common belief, insects and rodents don’t die off when it gets cold. They seek shelter where they know it’s warm and close to easy food sources; aka YOUR HOME. Don’t believe the myths. Trust the experts who know these patterns really well. With our Integrated Pest Management Program we not only find the source of your pest problem but we also give you the information necessary to maintain a pest-free home with a treatment fit for your needs.

Let Us Help You Keep Pests Out

If household pests are ruining your holiday joy, we have your back! Our Healthy Home Maintenance Program (HHMP) covers all the pests we’ve mentioned so far, and more. HHMP offers quarterly treatments that guarantees protection 365 days a year. If any pests are spotted between treatments, reach out to us and we will send a technician to alleviate the issue at no additional charge. Contact us today, you have nothing to lose but pests. 800-GOT-PESTS.

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