Fall is a beautiful time of year. The leaves change color, the weather is cooler, and pumpkins and apples are in abundance.
What you may not be aware of, though, is that the changing of seasons also affects pests. While us humans have four seasons that we follow — spring, summer, fall, and winter — pests actually have six seasons. Pests aren’t picky; they have no problem bothering you year-round.
So with the holidays quickly approaching, you’ll want to know about your pest control options so you’re not worrying about ants, spiders, and rodents while you’re trying to make Thanksgiving dinner or get the Christmas presents wrapped.
Six Seasons of Pests
Pest seasons last just two months in length. Insects are keeping busy all year long with distinct seasons:
- Shelter season (January/February). Rodents, ants, spiders, and stink bugs are out during this time. They may be looking to seek shelter in your home.
- Swarm season (March/April). During this time, you’ll likely see swarms of ants, spiders, termites, and even wildlife, such as moles.
- Breeding season (May/June). Pests are multiplying during this time. Get ready for hundreds of thousands of ants, bees, mosquitoes, and termites.
- High season (July/August). This is when ants, flies, spiders, mosquitoes, and bees are the most active.
- Prep season (September/October). Be on the lookout for ants, spiders, fleas, and rodents in your home.
- Invader season (November/December). Look for spiders and rodents to try to invade your home.
Pests in the Northwest
The Northwest is home to various garden pests, such as slugs and snails. Earwigs, pillbugs, beetles, weevils, caterpillars, tomato worms, crickets, and grasshoppers are also common and these insects can make their way inside the home.
Insecticides can provide some relief. Attracting birds can also be helpful, as these feathered friends love munching on these bugs. But once you start noticing these pests inside your home, it’s best to contact a professional pest control service that can eradicate these insects with ease.
What You Can Do
Fall is a great time to deal with pest management. Here’s what you can do around your home:
- Seal cracks and crevices. Get some caulk and plug up any cracks in the doors and windows around your home.
- Keep garbage in the bin. Remove clutter in and around your home and put it in the garbage can.
- Get rid of standing water. Mosquitoes and other pests are attracted to water and will breed in it. Fix any leaky pipes or spouts and remove any standing water (such as in buckets or small pools) to prevent infestations.
Contact Us Today
Getting prepared for the change in seasons involves more than getting the winter or summer clothes out of your closet. You need to prepare your home, garden, and outdoor areas as well.
The professionals at Pointe Pest Control make things easy for you. We’ll give you peace of mind so you can focus on more important things. To learn more about our effective pest control methods, fill out the online form or call (866) 633-1573.