5 Common Fall Pests in the Pacific Northwest
Fall time brings thoughts of pumpkins, apple cider and preparing for the winter season. It is a time of year where everyone is winding down from the summer fun and getting ready for the holidays. It should also be a time of year that you make sure that you are prepared for potential pest problems.
Although many people believe that pests are only a bother in the spring and summer months, they are actually a larger problem in the Fall. Bugs and rodents also know that winter is coming so they are doing whatever it takes to get prepared. This includes invading your home for food and shelter.
The five most common Fall pests in the Pacific Northwest include:
All types of ants are getting prepared for the winter. They will look for food to store for the coming months a well as items that they can use to insulate their nests. It is important to remember that if you see a few ants around the house or pantry, there is a great chance that there is a colony living somewhere in or around your home.
Spiders are a concern in the Pacific Northwest throughout the year. There are two poisonous spiders that live in this area of the country, the Black Widow and the Hobo Spider. Both pose a threat year-round, but more so in the Fall. In the Fall these spiders are looking for shelter to keep warm and will find a way into your home. The Hobo Spider is very aggressive and is prone to hiding in any dark place, including clothes that may be laying on the ground.
Discovering that you have cockroaches can be difficult because they come out at night. However, these nasty little bugs leave evidence wherever they go. These insects come indoors seeking moisture and food and warmth. Check for evidence on your counters and around your baseboards.
Many people believe that fleas are only common during the hot months. Fleas love the warmth and security of a shut house during the winter. You will need to treat your pet as well as your home to get rid of these unwanted pests.
Fall time is when rodents are seeking safe shelter for the winter. These vermin can destroy your home and carry disease. It is crucial that if you believe you have a rodent in your home to have it treated immediately. If one can get in, others will follow.
If you are experiencing an infestation of any of the above pests, contact a pest control technician. They are very knowledgeable about pests in your area. They will inspect your home and properly evict your unwanted visitors keeping your home, your family, and pets safe.