S. Alan Harlan
Associate Certified Entomologist, Technical Director
BACO Exterminating Services
What does it mean when I have huge pest activity on the outside of my home?
It could mean a lot of different things, but Fall is a transition time. The climate is transitioning from warm Summer weather to cold Winter weather. Harborage areas are not as hospitable outside and food will begin to become scarce. The survival mechanism kicks in, and populations of different pests will attempt to move inside.
Large populations of Asian Lady Beetles (ladybugs) and Kudzu Bugs will congregate on the warm Southern side of the structure and look for a place in the attic or under siding to take a long Winter nap. Smoky-Brown cockroaches will try to locate harborage indoors as well. Spider activity may seem to increase around the home as their food source (insects) begins to migrate indoors.
Vertebrate pests such as House Mice and Roof Rats are not exempt from increased activity, either. As temperatures drop, they begin to look for a more permanent and suitable base to set up camp, leaving only to forage for food when conditions allow it. Taking time to inspect the attic and roofline for any unsealed sources of light and making the necessary repairs will help to reduce the opportunity for these unwanted creatures to keep us up in the middle of the night as they scurry to and ‘fro’. Trimming away any overhanging or overgrown vegetation will reduce the opportunity for these rodents to gain entry into our homes.
BACO Exterminating Services can provide help in reducing these potential pests by performing a free pest inspection at your home and customizing a specific plan for your individual needs. Contact your friends at BACO today at (877) 905-BACO/2226.