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Fall’s Most Invasive Pests and the Problems They Cause

September 10th, 2019

Now that summer is coming to a close and fall is upon us, it is time for a whole new host of invasive pests to emerge. During the colder months, we tend to pay less attention to our homes, but it is important to stay vigilant and be aware of fall pests that can invade your home and cause damage. Keep reading to learn about the season’s most invasive pests and the kind of problems that can cause.

Stink Bugs

This invasive species was introduced in the US during the 1990s and has thrived ever since. You will see a lot more of them during the fall months because your home provides a warm and cozy respite from the cold weather. Typically, they like to get inside your insulated walls, attached to curtains and hang out near light sources. 

While they won’t do any extensive damage, they do emit a foul odor when they sense danger or are killed. Minimizing their numbers will help your avoid a smelly home. Filling gaps around the home will make it more difficult for them to enter and large infestations can be treated with pest management solutions.

House Ants

The house ant will also be looking for a warm place with a reliable food source so that they can survive the cold weather. They will move their ant trails indoors and take advantage of fruits, sugary snacks and practically any form of food. While smaller colonies can number around 30 workers, colonies have been known to feature several queens and number up to 500,000 ants. 

If you notice these ants in your home, or you have found damaged food containers with adult ants present, you may want to take action. While they aren’t known to cause extensive damage, they are a nuisance and tend to emit a rotten coconut smell.

Rodents

From deer mice and house mice to the white footed rats, all sorts of rodents come out in the fall and start looking for shelter. Unlike other pests that are relatively harmless, these pests carry disease and can do some major damage to your home. They are also capable of squeezing through incredibly small holes, so even the smallest gaps in your home are enough for them to enter.

Once there are inside your home, they will gnaw through wires, build nests in your insulation and leave potentially dangerous droppings all over the house. This is one problem you will want to take care of immediately. A professional pest management expert can pinpoint nests and safely remove rodents although taking preventative measures early in the fall can help deter rodents. Again, filling in gaps around the house will prevent rodents and other pests from getting in your home. 

Now is the time to prepare your home for the fall and make sure that you aren’t unwittingly inviting pests in for the winter. Call the experts at Pest Management Systems Inc. for services throughout the Triangle, Triad and beyond. We can help you prevent and eradicate infestations.  

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