What Are The Most Common Pests You Need To Protect Your Home From In Autumn?

What Are The Most Common Pests You Need To Protect Your Home From In Autumn?
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    Summer's scorching hot temperatures have finally ended, and autumn's gentler breezes are on the way.

    You look forward to watching the leaves reveal their true colors and to sending your children back to school.

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And you can’t wait for pumpkin spice lattes and cashmere sweaters to make a reappearance. But don’t get too cozy just yet. The fall season sends a lot of pests into frenzy.  They, too, know that winter will come soon enough and with it chilly, icy weather. As they seek shelter from approaching storms, the following pests may try to enter your home and invade corners of your backyard.

Yellow Jackets

These brightly colored wasps only live through one season, so fall becomes a crucial time for their reproduction.   After the insects mate, the fertilized female will find a secure shelter and hibernate for the winter. Come spring, the new queen will emerge and start a new colony. During autumn, yellow jackets will act particularly aggressive toward anyone who disturbs their nest. And unlike friendlier honeybees, these ferocious pests deliver multiple stings via barbed, lance-like stingers.

Ladybugs

In the spring and summer months, you may enjoy the occasional lady bug landing on your wrist or nibbling harmful aphids in your garden. But in the fall, these spotted beetles quickly become a nuisance rather than a friendly protector. As with wasps, ladybugs hibernate during the winter, and they prefer to do so in a warm, comfortable environment. Although they won’t damage any of your furniture or food, they do emit a noxious smell and secrete a staining fluid which can be difficult to remove.

Ants

From spring to fall, ants work hard to store up enough food for the winter. During the autumn months especially, they must eat a great deal to put on enough fat before hibernation. As a result, they’ll search for food wherever they can find it, including your own home. As they enter through cracks in the walls and under door frames, they’ll start to damage your home in various ways. Some species (such as the carpenter ant) eat away at the wood structures, while others (such as the Pharaoh or thief ant) nibble away at the food in your pantry.

Although these pests become most active during the fall, you don’t have to welcome them into your home. If you see signs of infestation, don’t hesitate to talk to your local pest control expert. With the right treatment, your home will stay free from these seasonal pests.

Informational credit to an Elmhurst pest control expert, who specializes in stopping infestations and keeping your home pest-free.

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