Top 4 Most Common Fall Pests
As the fall season carries on, some homeowners (renters, too) find it increasingly difficult to defend their home from unwelcome intruders. Let’s take a look at the most common fall pests you might see during the fall, and why you may require insect control services to help get rid of them.
#1. Crickets Never Shut Up
It isn’t their fault, really. When crickets rub their wings together to create that high-pitched racket we’ve all heard throughout our lives, they’re not doing anything nefarious. They’re not trying to annoy us; they simply do.
Most of us can relate to the idea of hearing a cricket chirp constantly from within our home, and the trouble we’ve taken to locate the offending critter. You make a little noise, and the cricket quiets down, but as soon as you walk away, it starts right back up again. It can be downright maddening!
Too few homeowners don’t consider insect control services to get rid of crickets. What they often don’t realize is that the eggs laid by a cricket take nearly a year to hatch, which means that an infestation can break out at almost any time.
An infestation can be difficult to locate, which is why it’s best to employ a professional with the experience necessary to find them and remove them from your home.
“Too few homeowners don’t consider insect control services to get rid of crickets. What they often don’t realize is that the eggs laid by a cricket take nearly a year to hatch, which means that an infestation can break out at almost any time.”
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#2. Stink Bugs: Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall
Even though stink bugs don’t bite or sting, they can still be a huge nuisance for many homeowners. You’ve probably noticed they weren’t around too much during the summer, but now that fall has arrived, so have the stench of stink bugs.
The question many people have is, why are stink bugs so prevalent in the fall? The simple truth is that stink bugs don’t like the heat. They’re not too fond of colder weather either, but once the heat arrives, the stink bugs pack up their bags and hit the road.
Once the hot summer winds down and turns into fall, the smelly little critters come out of hiding to wreak havoc. Which means it’s time for you to start watching out for them.
As mentioned before, stink bugs also don’t like cold weather. This is another reason why you start seeing them in the fall. They can sense that the winter months will arrive soon, so they need to find protection against the colder weather. Trying to find protection is a big reason why so many of the stink bugs will attempt to make their way into your home.
“Stink bugs don’t like the heat. They’re not too fond of colder weather either, but once the heat arrives, the stink bugs pack up their bags and hit the road.”
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Luckily, you won’t have to worry about stink bugs reproducing in your home. When they sneak in through the cracks and crevices, or even through open doors, they are not looking for a place to reproduce or lay their eggs.
Instead, they are simply trying to find a safe place to take up residence so that once the cold hits, they will be protected. They will often try to make their way into your house’s walls where they know it will be safe.
The big problem caused by stink bugs is the effect they have on crops every year. Stink bugs love to feast on vegetation, and because of their propensity to reproduce at such an amazing rate, it doesn’t take long before considerable damage has been done.
Your home garden and indoor plants are also in danger. Although stink bugs have plenty of public trees and leaves to feed on, they are not picky eaters. If they find their way close to your home, they won’t discriminate against your vegetation.
They mainly seem to like tomato plants, so if you have any of those in your garden, you’ll want to take special care to keep them safe. Inside your home, you should look for the telltale signs of indoor plants having been chewed on by the little pests.
“Stink bugs love to feast on vegetation, and because of their propensity to reproduce at such an amazing rate, it doesn’t take long before considerable damage has been done.”
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#3. Ants Are Everywhere!
It is rather typical for a homeowner to go asleep one night to a regular house, only to wake up in the morning to discover a trail of ants running back and forth inside the kitchen. Ants can quickly turn into a huge problem. You can easily find yourself in the middle of thousands of the tiny creatures, all of them trying to use your kitchen as their smorgasbord.
Of all the ants that could invade your house in the fall, you should particularly look out for carpenter ants. Although these nasty little household bugs won’t eat your wood for sustenance like a termite will, carpenter ants do chew through the wood in your home to build a nest for their young.
If left unchecked, such as months at a time, this could lead to extensive damage that might even hurt your checkbook. Once they’re in your home, your best bet will be to employ a little pest control to help rid your home of the critters.
#4. Bed bugs Are Back With A Vengeance
Didn’t we eradicate these insects a long time ago? The answer is yes, we did. Bed bugs were big back in the 1940s, but they were systematically removed from modern society. Unfortunately, due to increased travel to less developed lands, they are now back in the United States. These bugs are quickly becoming a massive problem for many homeowners, who often have a difficult time removing the bugs from their home.
Bed bugs are parasites that feed on human blood. They do so for sustenance, but even more so, they require blood to go through the several stages of their life cycle. These bugs hide in cracks and crevices within your house, including your furniture and walls.
Professional insect control services are often the most thorough way to rid your house of these pests, not to mention the fastest. Due to the increase in bed bug infestations, professionals have gotten quite adept at handling the little bloodsuckers. Of all household bugs, these can be the hardest to get rid of.
Pest control is essential when dealing with bed bugs. If you have an infestation, they can be tough to clear out effectively. You can utilize bug traps and whatnot, but when it comes down to it, you might actually need professional pest control.
One big danger of taking care of bed bugs on your own is the fact that they might come back. A professional can consult with you about evaluating your home so that you know what you’re dealing with, and then he can make the proper recommendations on how to proceed.***
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