Pest Control Tips for Fall: Keep Those Unwanted Guests Out
Charlotte’s weather moves from summerlike September highs to cool lows in late November and early December. Plus, our area’s year-round humidity tends to warm the air, even during colder winters. Some folks believe that as the weather becomes more temperate, we’ll see fewer pests encroaching on our homes. But that’s not the case.
For insects and other pests, cooler weather signals winter’s approach. So they instinctively seek warm, sheltered places, and your home provides exactly what they need. But at Noosa Pest Management, we think that’s asking way too much!
Fall Pest Species You Might See in Charlotte
Here in Charlotte, fall brings an array of pest species, both non-native invaders and other familiar “locals.” Here, we’ve focused on those that enter or come near our homes—especially as the days grow colder.
- Asian Lady Beetles — This invasive species, with colors varying from red to orange, looks like traditional North American ladybugs. But certain differences can make them a nuisance if they invade your home in droves. While not dangerous, these pests leave wall stains and an unpleasant odor when stressed.
- Fire Ants — You might think fall’s cooler temperatures would make fire ants more dormant. Unfortunately, it’s the opposite. These nasty bugs build large mounds near building foundations and enter through cracks. If disturbed, fire ants will sting multiple times, leaving painful welts. Plus, repelling them in the fall means you’ll likely see fewer come spring.
- Spiders — In the fall, spiders spin webs and lay eggs—each female spider producing dozens of eggs at one time. One of fall’s more troublesome pests, these quiet creatures are reluctant to bite (except when threatened). But the upside is that the more spiders you have in your Charlotte home, the fewer flies, and other airborne insects!
- Rodents — Mice and rats can create problems outside and inside. They are unsanitary and may carry transmittable diseases to humans and pets. Moreover, rodents hibernate during winter, so fall is the ideal time to look for warm, dry places to nest.
Home Pest Control Tips and Prevention Measures for Fall
Believe it or not, fall is the time to prepare your Charlotte home for the coming year. We may have mild winters here, but pests need nesting spaces—and we’d prefer they remain far away from our homes!
- Limit Outdoor Plants and Mulch — Plants make excellent hiding places for pests, many of which eat wood or leaf mulch. So curtail their supply by cutting plants back and using rocks and gravel for mulch.
- Seal Doors and Windows — If you see insects crawling and flying around inside your home even though the air-conditioning is on and the doors and windows are shut, there are almost certainly torn screens and gaps that need repair.
- Check for Cracks and Gaps — First, check your siding, trim, and foundation for signs of damage. Then, make the needed repairs before any pests find their way inside. This also saves energy.
- Rinse and Dispose of Trash — It’s best to rinse food wrappers, cans, etc., before tossing them in your kitchen garbage. Otherwise, they’ll attract pests, especially in warmer months. And, if possible, consider composting any food scraps. What goes to the curb should be minimized, bagged, and put in covered collection bins.
- Keep Drains Clear — Living creatures need water to survive. So if they’re in your home, they’ll head for the kitchen drain, where they’ll find water and bits of food. Since you’d rather they look elsewhere, we recommend flushing your kitchen drain/disposal daily.
- Keep Food in Sealed Containers — It seems there is a pest for every food—and packaging type. While many pests eat through plastic, covered metal or glass containers work reasonably well for deterring them, especially when kept in high places.
Why Noosa for Home Pest Control?
Noosa practices integrated pest management (IPM), a practical yet environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that uses common-sense techniques. IPM relies on up-to-date information on pests’ lifecycles and their environmental interactions. Combined with available pest control methods, IPM manages pest damage using the most economical means and with the least possible impact on people, pets, and the environment.
Noosa believes our business is more than making money and providing excellent pest control services. It’s about helping others. So we’re active in our community by supporting various non-profits, youth sports programs, and international aid, and by doing all we can to help children in need.