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.
Mosquitos, Ants, and Flies
Mosquitos, ants, and flies are pests that cause a lot of problems during the summer months. If you have ever gone to a summer picnic then you have likely dealt with all three of these pests simultaneously. If you are tired of dealing with them every time you step outside your house, there is good news. They decrease their activity levels as the weather cools which means you will get a bit of a reprieve from itchy bites and pesky flies. Some die off while others reduce their activity levels and spend the colder months in a hibernation-like state called diapause. Keep in mind that the decrease in activity is a response to cooler weather so living in a warm climate means that you may have to wait a little longer for a break.
Roaches, Rodents, and Spiders
Roaches, rodents, and spiders are pests that often invade the inside of your home. Roaches and rodents are attracted to the food, water, and shelter provided inside of most houses. House spiders-which include a number of different species-often, spend the majority of their lives indoors. The spiders generally feed off of other pests found in your home such as mosquitos, flies, and moths. These types of pests will not give you a break in the fall. The consistent environment of your home provides them with everything they need to bother you year round.
It is understandable for you to want a break from the nuisance of dealing with pests. Not only are they annoying but pests like mosquitos and roaches can spread disease and pose a threat to you and your family. As cooler weather moves in you will notice that the activity level of certain pests slows down. For the ones that remain active year round, you must proactively deal with them. Sealing off access points, eliminating food and water sources, and having your home professionally treated will all help give you a break from pests this fall and every season.