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Out of the Cold and into Your House: 5 Pests to Watch Out for This Fall

Pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and watching the leaves change are some amazing things to enjoy in fall. Unfortunately, while we’re out enjoying all that fall has to offer, pests are busy trying to find a nice warm place to survive for the winter. Your log home's walls, attic, and pantries are prime spots for pests to linger. Here are the most common fall pests and how to avoid inviting them into your home.

Box Elder Bugs and Multicolored Asian Ladybeetles

The prime months for these pesky bugs are September and October. They like to gather on the south and west sides of homes because the sun warms the siding. Pesticides don’t work well on these nuisances so the best bet for keeping them out of your home is to make sure the edges of windows, doors, and other home openings are securely sealed. If they do make entry, vacuum them up and throw them away in a sealed plastic bag.

Bees

Yellow jackets and wasps are also looking for a warm place to survive the impending cool temperatures. Behind shutters, underneath siding, and inside attics are prime places for them to try building a nest. You may not want to handle these stinging insects on your own as they can be irritated by dwindling food sources in the fall. It’s best to call a professional pest control company like Pest Police Australia for your safety.

Ants

Ants are also big problems to deal with in the fall as they not only love the warm temperatures of your home, they love the food that you eat as well. Once they find an opening and a source, they can be difficult to remove. Insecticide baits are the best option for homeowners to kill the colony. Ants take the bait back to their queen, eliminating not just the ants you see crawling around your counters but also the ants back at the nest.

Spiders

Spiders are actually year-round inhabitants of many homes. They just tend to show their faces in the fall in search of a mate. They feed on other insects and hide in the many crevices of your home. Your best option is to do a thorough vacuuming multiple times a year, using the wand attachment to get as much dust and other insects as possible. This should reduce the number of spiders to a less frightening number.

Mice

For many, mice are the most petrifying of all the fall pests. Looking to find a home for the winter, they can sneak into your home through holes as small as a penny. Place mouse traps where you are finding droppings and check the exterior of your home for potential openings for these creatures. If the infestation is serious, a pest control professional can use more effective methods of elimination.

Don’t let these pests ruin your day. Take preventative measures now to keep them from getting in so you can enjoy all the fun that the fall season has to offer.

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