August is coming to a close and that means that Fall is just around the corner. With the seasonal changes we will start to see different activity from different creatures. Some of the pests we have grown accustomed to will start to disappear, while others will come forth in numbers. In order to keep you aware and prepared we have compiled a list of early fall pest activity to monitor and things you can do to protect yourself and your family.
Yellow Jackets and Wasps
This is a very active time for these guys and though some wasps are solitary and aren’t aggressive, it is still important to keep an eye out. They are attracted to sweets and can often be seen hanging around picnic areas, swimming pools, and your yard. This isn’t one warning to take lightly as many people are highly allergic to stings from wasps and yellow jackets. Keep an eye out because they like to build nests in places that are protected from the elements. Check all sheds, exterior buildings, and garages well. You may even find nests in odd places like underneath your child’s power wheels or inside of a bike helmet. If you or anyone in your family is allergic make sure you take necessary precautions to protect and prevent, including scheduling with us if you notice an infestation.
We know, when are these guys NOT around. It feels a lot like we can’t escape them. Except with our help, you can escape them. Roaches love the warm weather and are still pretty active through September and October. These guys love rotten food and warm, wet, places. Keep your kitchen clean, food covered, all trash covered, and ensure that you are doing your part and we can handle the rest. Roaches are a major allergen and the can increase asthma as well. Keeping them out of your home is very important.
Mice and Rats
While we transition in to fall you will notice a lot more activity from mice and rats indoors as they are looking to build warm nests. Sometimes you will find them in garages, outbuildings, and sheds. You can also find them in different places indoors. Some of the most common places to look are underneath all of your sinks, in your pantry and cabinets, and even behind or underneath appliances. Keep an eye out for droppings and food items that look like they have been chewed by tiny teeth. They may be tiny and in some cases adorable but they carry many diseases. They are also abundant breeders so it is important to get them gone as soon as you notice them.
We can’t stress enough how important pest control is for the safety and health of your family. Let us work with you to protect your home and property. If you notice an infestation, reach out and let us get you scheduled. We also encourage you to reach out even if you don’t notice infestation. Preemptive measures can keep potential infestations from ever occurring.