As summer transitions to fall, different types of pests become more active due to changing weather conditions and environmental factors. Here are some common pests to be prepared for during this transition:

  1. Rodents (Mice and Rats): As temperatures drop, rodents start seeking shelter and food indoors. They can squeeze through small openings and cause damage to your home while spreading diseases.
  2. Ants: Some ant species become more active in the fall as they forage for food before winter arrives. They may invade your home in search of food and water.
  3. Spiders: Many spider species become more noticeable in the fall as they look for warm places to build their webs and catch prey. While most spiders are harmless, some can be venomous.
  4. Stink Bugs: These pests are notorious for seeking shelter indoors as the weather cools down. They emit a foul odor when crushed, making them a nuisance.
  5. Cluster Flies: As fall approaches, cluster flies start congregating in large numbers around buildings to find shelter for the winter. They can become a nuisance when they enter homes.
  6. Cockroaches: Cockroaches thrive in warm and humid environments, so they may move indoors as the weather cools. They can contaminate food and spread diseases.
  7. Bed Bugs: Although bed bugs are active year-round, their activity might increase in the fall as people travel more during the summer and bring them back to their homes.
  8. Fleas: Fleas can be more active in the fall due to cooler temperatures. If you have pets that spend time outdoors, they can bring fleas inside.
  9. Mosquitoes: While mosquitoes are more associated with summer, some species remain active into the early fall. They can transmit diseases like West Nile virus.
  10. Wasps and Hornets: As their populations peak in late summer and early fall, these stinging insects i.e., wasps & hornets can become more aggressive and seek food sources, potentially leading them closer to human activity.

To prepare for these pests as summer transitions to fall, consider the following steps:

  • Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for any gaps, cracks, or openings that pests could use to enter. Seal them to prevent easy access.
  • Maintain Cleanliness: Keep your living spaces clean and free of food debris. Regularly clean up crumbs and spills to avoid attracting pests.
  • Remove Clutter: Pests love to hide in cluttered areas. Declutter your living spaces and storage areas to reduce potential hiding spots.
  • Store Food Properly: Store food in airtight containers to prevent attracting pests like rodents and ants.
  • Trim Vegetation: Trim back plants and bushes that touch the exterior of your home, as these can provide pathways for pests to enter.
  • Inspect Bedding: If you’ve traveled during the summer, inspect your luggage and clothing for bed bugs before bringing them inside.
  • Consider Professional Help: If you’re dealing with a significant pest infestation, it might be wise to consult a We Clean Pest Control professional to effectively address the issue.

What are the top entry points in my home for fall pests?

Pests can find their way into your home through various entry points, especially during the transition from summer to fall when they’re seeking shelter and warmth. Here are some of the top entry points you should be aware of:

  1. Cracks and Gaps in Exterior Walls: Small openings in your home’s exterior walls provide easy access for pests like rodents, spiders, and insects. Inspect your walls for any cracks, gaps around windows and doors, and damaged siding.
  2. Doors and Windows: Improperly sealed doors and windows can allow pests to enter. Check for gaps in weather stripping and ensure that screens are intact without tears.
  3. Attic and Roof Vents: Vents that lead to the attic or roof can provide entry points for pests like bats, birds, and squirrels. Install mesh screens over these vents to prevent their entry.
  4. Foundation: Gaps or cracks in the foundation can give pests a way indoors. Inspect the foundation for openings and seal them with appropriate materials.
  5. Utility Lines and Pipes: Pipes, wires, and cables that enter your home can create gaps around them. Seal these entry points to prevent pests from using them as pathways.
  6. Chimney: Chimneys can provide access for birds, squirrels, and other pests. Make sure your chimney is capped with a mesh screen to keep pests out.
  7. Soffits and Eaves: Pests like bats, birds, and insects can enter through damaged or poorly sealed soffits and eaves. Repair any damage and seal openings.
  8. Crawl Spaces: If your home has a crawl space, pests can enter through vents or gaps. Install vent screens and seal gaps to prevent their entry.
  9. Garage Doors: Garage doors that don’t close tightly or have gaps at the sides can allow pests to enter. Make sure your garage door is properly sealed.
  10. Pet Doors: Pet doors can be an entry point for small pests like rodents. Consider using a pet door with a lock or sealing it when not in use.
  11. Plumbing and Drain Openings: Pests can enter through gaps around plumbing and drain openings. Seal these areas to prevent access.
  12. Outdoor Storage and Clutter: Items stored near the exterior of your home can provide shelter for pests. Keep outdoor storage areas tidy and away from your home’s foundation.
  13. Plants and Vegetation: Overhanging branches and plants touching your home’s exterior can serve as bridges for pests. Trim them back to reduce access points.

To effectively prevent pests from entering your home, it’s important to conduct regular inspections and promptly address any openings or damage you find. Sealing these entry points can go a long way in keeping your home pest-free during the transition from summer to fall.