The fall weather brings about beautiful changes in weather and in terms of the scenery. From apple cider and hay rides to pumpkins, falling leaves and spooky costumes, autumn is filled with excitement. However, not all of what the season brings is joyous, especially considering pumpkins and leaves are breeding grounds for pests. Here are five tell-tale signs that fall has arrived.
1. Stink Bugs
Stink bugs, unfortunately, are a sign of the season. These pests produce a pungent odor as a defense mechanism, and they release the same foul scent when they die. Stink bugs are brown and will consume fruits and vegetables. During the fall, stink bugs attempt to find shelter for the winter. That’s why you’ll notice these pests more inside your home or office during the fall. Stink bugs tend to enter your home or office through cracks under or behind baseboards or around the windows or door trim. It’s even possible they’ll find a way into your home around your exhaust fans or ceiling lights.
With cooler weather coming, a wide variety of spiders are looking for a home for the winter. Your home will be that place if you don’t take the necessary precautions to spray in hotspot areas and seal all cracks.
3. Pumpkins and Squash
Squash and pumpkins look festive for the season. They make ideal decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but they rot and become all-you-can-eat buffets for hungry insects. If you leave your pumpkins uncut, they’ll last longer. Once you cut a pumpkin, you only have a short period of time before insects will start feasting on it. Beetles, slugs and snails favor pumpkins more than other bugs do. Squash bugs are dark to grayish brown in color, have a flat back, and have orange and black stripes around their abdomens. They find plant debris to live under during the fall and love to feast on your squash and pumpkin decorations
4. Boxelder Bugs
Boxelder bugs look like they were meant for the Halloween season with their black and orange color scheme. These bugs consume tree leaves all spring and summer. By the time fall comes, they’re looking for a home to spend the winter and prefer homes that offer more sunlight.
Piles of leaves, especially around the edges of your home, are areas insects and other pests love. The moisture is ideal for insects who thrive in wetness or they may be a food source. As leaves rot, they become even more attractive to pests. Make sure to keep leaves around your home raked.
Fall is a beautiful time, but with the beauty, comes bugs. In some instances, the leaves or vegetation of the season attract them. In other cases, you’ll find they’re trying to enter your home for shelter during the cool months. To rid your home of bugs or learn more about how to prevent them, contact us at Clark’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. today.