Oct 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM
The level of pest activity appears to slow down as the season changes from summer to fall. Some pests seem to disappear altogether while others are simply seen less often. It is always a relief to spend time outdoors without continuously fighting off mosquitos and ants. It would be nice to also get a break from the household pests that plague many homeowners. Do these changes in activity mean the pests are gone? Do all pests follow the same cycle of activity and inactivity? If the pests are gone, should you continue pest control treatments in the fall? These are valid questions and the answers will help you determine how to best schedule the pest control treatments you will receive throughout the year.
Out of sight, out of mind?
Unfortunately, not seeing pests as often does not mean they are gone for good. Some pests go into a hibernation-like state called diapause as weather conditions get colder. Others simply continue with business as usual-especially those that have made their home inside your house. The activity level of certain pests is dictated by factors other than the weather. For example, male spiders will risk moving out into the open when searching for a mate during mating season. The sudden appearance of spiders in your home may simply mean that they are temporarily coming out of their normal hiding places. Other pests like roaches and rodents have everything they need inside your home and will remain active during the fall. When it comes to pests in your home, it typically takes proactive steps to get them out for good.
Should I continue pest control treatments in the fall?
It is a good idea to continue your pest control treatments on a regular schedule throughout the year. Maintaining a consistent schedule of professional pest control services will help keep your home continuously protected. Pest infestations can happen quickly and easily get out of hand. Regularly scheduled pest control services will help prevent infestations from occurring in the first place. Quitting your pest control services in the fall will leave your house more vulnerable to the types of pests that are always active, like roaches and rodents.
The frequency of pest control services necessary for your situation will depend on your needs. If you’ve had infestations in the past then an aggressive approach may be necessary until the potential for re-infestation is minimized as much as possible. Common pest control treatment schedules for residential properties include quarterly, monthly, and bi-monthly treatments. Have your home inspected by a pest control professional and then talk through their recommendations in order to find the schedule that will work best for your situation.Read More →