There’s plenty to ‘fall’ in love with during Canadian autumns. The foliage is to die for. The sunsets are otherworldly. And the climate is cool and crisp. Best of all, we’re done with summer pests.
What if we were to tell you that fall is the time you need to be most concerned about pests invading your home?
Why Do You Need to Worry About Pests in the Fall?
Pests crave warmth. They choose autumn to burrow into your homes as a survival tactic to prepare for frigid winters.
‘Tis the season for our spine-tingling adversaries to strike, as we remain blissfully ignorant to the pitfalls of autumn pests, basking in the glory of their summer brethren’s end. We cease to correctly maintain the outside of our homes, making it easy for insects to breach our lines of property defence!
Below, is a list of fall pests you need to watch out for:
Deer mice, house mice, and Norway rats are only a few of the rodents you’ll need to keep an eye out for when defending your home turf.
Rodent control needs to be your number one pest priority this fall. They’re typically found in walls and cupboards, and can enter your home through a hole the size of a coin.
What to do: There are many ways to trap rodents without killing them. Contrary to the common convention of cheese-loving rodents, rats are actually baited by peanut butter, bacon, fruits, vegetables, cereals or meats. Use peanut butter, chocolate, oats or nesting materials such as cotton or string to attract mice.
Cluster flies, fruit flies, and house flies will burrow into the south and west-facing walls of your home. Warmer autumn days signifies these filth-bearing cretins coming out of hiding, having you swatting at flies while you’re trying to enjoy the football game!
What to do: You need to cover up all food items in your home and wipe down your counter tops and floors. Also, seal all entry points from the outside (mend tears in windows and doors). If they’re still lingering around, then purchase a fly repellant.
Bees and Wasps
The queen bee will abandon her nest for the greener and warmer pastures of your attic come autumn. The queen wasp will frequent your garage or shed. Confused summer colonies aimlessly fly around until the winter – when they’ll freeze to death, while their queen breeds her newer, trendier colony on your property!
What to do: If you find a nest of stinging insects, locate the entry point and then stay clear! They are very aggressive near their nest. When it comes to bee and wasp control, contact a pest control professional!
American, German, and Oriental cockroaches are common roaches invading homes in North America. They are drawn to the moisture beneath your home.
What to do: Maintaining your home is your best means of cockroach control. Repair cracks and crevices that roaches will burrow into, keep your home clean, and keep food in sealed containers.
Autumn pest control is a necessity – but precautionary measures are irrelevant if you already have a pest problem.
Don’t fall victim to pests this autumn. Terminix Canada offers pest control services throughout the Greater Toronto Area!