The leaves are on the ground, the air is crisp, and fall décor is lining the porches in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, this can all signal one thing, autumn is here. The fall season does not only bring apple cider, football, and pumpkin carving, it also brings new pests and rodents out and about and possibly into your home or business. You might be surprised to know that Ohio is home to nearly 300 insects, arachnids and other creepy crawlers, none of which most of us would like to find in our space. We are going to review some of the most common pests of fall.
Why do Pests Come Inside in the Cold?
While you may not be ready for summer to end, fall is officially here in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan and that means different weather and pests. There are certain pest populations that diminish with the cooler weather; however, the fact is that many continue to thrive and begin to seek food and shelter indoors. Each fall, we receive an increase in pest related calls from home and business owners.
Pests and rodents make their way indoors in the brisker months of the year to find food, water, and shelter. Our Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan homes and businesses give unwanted pests the perfect place to create a home of their own and to escape the outdoor elements.
Most Common Pests of Fall
So, what are the most common pests of fall in our area? Let’s review.
- Bed Bugs: As we recently reviewed, bed bugs are a big problem in the fall. Bed bugs are a year-round pest; however, they are very common in the fall. The outside temperatures don’t really impact them, since they are an indoor pest, but there are other factors that make a bed bug infestation more common in the autumn, such as increased travel and children going back to school. Bed bugs thrive in clutter; thus, luggage and dirty laundry, children’s rooms, classrooms and libraries, are all hot spots for bed bugs.
- Cockroaches: Ohio and Michigan homes and businesses provide the ideal conditions for cockroaches to thrive. Cockroaches have minimal needs: food, warmth, moisture and shelter. Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan homes and businesses have all those things, from kitchens and pantries stocked with food, to lots of cracks and crevices in which cockroaches can hide and lay their eggs. Our homes and businesses become cozy dwellings for cockroaches in the colder months of the year because it is more difficult for them to find food and warmth outside.
- Rodents: Mice and rats are some of the most common fall intruders. Like us, they need warmth and food to survive the colder months ahead, so they seek shelter indoors. A rodent infestation can be a major nuisance to any Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan home or business. Not only are these unwanted visitors invading your space, but they can also carry many diseases that can be harmful to your health and they can cause damage to your property.
- Spiders: Commonly found in the fall season of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, brown recluse spiders are famous for being poisonous and hiding in dark places. Cold weather forces them inside to find a new home. They may reside on window moldings, in boxes, in the attic, at the back of a drawer, and basically anywhere. Human-recluse contact often occurs when such isolated spaces are disturbed, and the spider feels threatened. A brown recluse spider’s bite can leave behind a welt that requires medical attention.
You may be hanging up cobwebs for decoration right now, but likely don’t want to see a real web inside your home or business this fall. Delving Pest Control is here to help you prevent the most common pests of fall from visiting you this autumn season.
We offer a range of discreet home pest control services to help you achieve the results you’re after. From creepy-crawly critters, to stinging bees and wasps, to rodents, or even if you have no idea what is making you itch, Delving is here.
Contact us today for a free estimate.