Florida is a great place to live if you love a temperate climate year-round. But with the great weather and endless outdoor barbecues comes the tradeoff: Florida is full of creepy-crawly creatures. In the fall, these pests start looking for better places to live. This is why we highly recommend taking the time to inspect your home before winter so you don’t wind up sharing your home with unwanted Florida pests.
What Kinds Of Pests Are On The Move In The Fall?
There are pests in Florida year-round but there are some species that become more active in the fall when weather is cooler and there’s an increase in vegetation. Keep on the lookout for these common Florida pests.
Grub activity will increase once cooler weather arrives. These small white worms are the larva of June bugs and Japanese beetles. Anyone who has owned a home before can testify to the destructive power of grubs.
Fall is the mating season for many species of spiders so you may see an increase in spider activity inside and outside your home. This is the time of year when males leave their webs in an epic journey to find a mate.
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
Not to be mistaken for the gentle ladybug, the multicolored Asian lady beetle is an invasive species that was brought to the US to cull destructive agricultural pests such as aphids. These beetles love to congregate around windows and sunny sides of buildings. They become a nuisance when they enter and are commonly found on windowsills.
Earwigs are creepy little pests that have intimidating pincers on their behinds. Earwigs are more prominent in the fall months. They will seek out moisture which is why you will find them in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
Rodents are the most destructive of fall pests. They can chew through almost anything and can make a real mess in your home. If food is easily accessible they will chew through packaging and cardboard boxes. Their feces can contaminate food, cause allergies, and spread diseases. They can also chew through drywall, insulation, and electrical wiring which can lead to bigger problems.
Keeping Fall Pests Out Of Your Home
Now that you know that pests will be scoping out your house this fall it’s time to take some preventative measures. Before fall arrives, you must do a thorough check of your home to ensure pests cannot easily get in. That means:
- Make sure that there is no debris around the foundation of your home. Rake leaves and other organic debris to keep pests like rodents, ants, and earwigs away.
- Clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters can be a haven for a host of unwanted pests.
- Ensure screens have no rips or tears. Insects can crawl through even the tiniest rip.
- Check the weather stripping around your doors and windows.
- Replace missing or rotten wood that can easily be chewed through.
- Caulk and seal any cracks around windows and doors.
Reducing Pests In Your Yard
Professional fall pest control is your best bet when it comes to reducing pests in and around your home, but there are things you can do to help between scheduled visits.
Eliminate Standing Water
Standing water attracts mosquitoes and other moisture-loving pests. After it rains, make sure to dump out all the water that has collected in old tires, flowerpots, lawn furniture, stumps, toys, and trash can lids.
Keep your lawn well maintained to reduce the number of hiding pests. Be sure to continue to mow your lawn and rake regularly.
Remove Dead Wood
Dead and rotting wood is a magnet for pests such as termites, ants, and earwigs. Remove any dead trees or branches that could be harboring pests. Even firewood left outside can contain insects. Keep your wood at least 25 feet away from your home and only bring it inside if you’re going to burn it right away.
For Highly Effective Perimeter Pest Control, Call the Professionals at Land-Art
Are you tired of dealing with fall pests? If you want to protect your home from invasive fall pests, call the professionals at Land-Art. Our pest control barrier will make critters think twice before trying to enter your home.