As the temperatures start to decline out of the 100’s it is a sure indication that Austin, TX and surrounding areas are heading towards fall. As the temperatures wane down, many locals are preparing for last-minute warm-weather activities to get out of their system before the cooler weather sets in. Before things get too cool, now is the best time to prepare for the fall/winter invasions that are inevitable without safeguarding. Where many pests are content to be outside, there are quite a few that will intrude into your abode in order to overwinter, or simply to escape the cooling temperatures or the lack of food the cooler seasons can bring. With this in mind, we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to touch on the fall pests that are likely to invade and how to avoid it. Roaches and rodents can cause problems as autumn approaches in Texas. With the help of professional assistance, infestations can be eliminated. However, with additional maintenance around the home along with professional maintenance, you can deter many critters from gaining entry. Below are the most common pests that try to invade in or close to homes in autumn.
Yellow Jackets & Wasps in Cold Weather
From August to October, the wasp activity is still noticeable but is winding down. The workers are dying off, and the queens are not laying eggs as often. During this time of year, the young queens mate with the fertile males and fly off after the queen dies, and the fertile males eventually die off last. They are attracted to sweets and have a tendency to build nests in garages, sheds and other exterior buildings. Being these are stinging pests that can have serious allergic reactions when they sting, a professional is recommended to remove and eliminate the nest.
Will Cockroaches Leave a House & Go Out in the Cold?
Roaches tend to thrive in warm environments, and from September through October, they are still fairly active. The population can quickly explode once a breeding pair has become established in bathrooms or kitchens. Roaches are known carriers of diseases that can spread to people and their droppings are likely to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms to people sensitive to them. Keeping roaches out can be a challenge, but if they come inside your home, a professional is the most effective solution to get them out because they have no plans to leave when the weather is cold outside!
How Do Mice & Rats Live Through Fall & Winter?
Rodents in general are usually still active in the fall and rats and mice are known for sneaking indoors to build their nests as the temperatures wane down. Rodents are frequently discovered taking up residence in attics and sheds but can be anywhere including behind walls and in ceiling voids. Their habits tend to lead them to chew wires, paneling and other household materials within just a few days. They are also known carriers of diseases that can spread to people. Mice and rats can be especially difficult to remove from the home, especially once they start breeding.
Pest Inspections, Control & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin Texas
There are a few other pests people are likely to see invading their Texas home including spiders, scorpions (looking for warm places to overwinter), ants that are getting last-minute foraging to survive the winter, and other such pests. Avoid them by protecting your home, ensuring it is well-sealed, and having A-Tex Pest Management come to your home and safeguard it from pests. Contact us for pest service today!