What Are The Most Common Pests In Autumn?

Pests in autumn can be the bane of your existence. You see, pests are generally a problem year around. That being said, during certain periods, they are a bigger problem than usual. One of these times is autumn. Some insects such as flies and ants may become less of a problem. So, which pests in autumn cause problems, and what can you do about them?

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Pests in autumn: here are the biggest problems 

1. Mice and rats

Rodents look for a safe, warm places that increase their chances of surviving the cold. This is why they often enter into our homes. Areas in your walls, floors and roof provide a warm and undisturbed place to hole up for the colder months of the year.

This can be a complete disaster for homeowners. These pests can carry on living as usual in your home. They thrive in the warmth, and also have access to all the food they could want which is why it’s hard to drive rodents away.

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The way to prevent pests in autumn is by stopping them from getting into your home. As winter approaches, do a thorough inspection of the property. If there are any entrance points, then seal them up. Bear in mind that rodents can chew through softer materials, so use suitable materials for this. Drain flaps may be a good idea.

2. Cockroaches

Other pests in autumn are cockroaches. When it’s cold these pests go into a state called diapause. This means that their physiology slows down and they stop developing. This allows them to get through winter with very little food.

The problem is that they can still move around the breed. This is a massive problem when these pests are indoors. In fact, because your home is warm it acts almost like an incubator. The heat allows these pests to breed at a faster rate and you may even face an infestation, which can lead to problems like food poisoning.

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The best way of stopping this is by keeping your kitchen as clean as possible. Cockroaches are primarily looking for food. Preventing access to this food is the best tool you have against them. Something else you need to take care of is moisture. Cockroaches are highly attracted to places that are warm and moist. This means you need to take care of damp, leaking taps, and other wet areas.

3. Bed bugs

Why do bed bugs become more active in autumn? Once again, it’s simply because our homes get warmer. Many people turn on their electric blankets and heaters during this time. These pests are highly attracted to heat. This is because our blood and bodies are warm. The warmer it gets, the more likely you are to see these bugs.

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The best thing to do in this case is get heat treatments because DIY bed bug control fails. If you find you have bed bugs, there is a fairly simple and straightforward way of eliminating pests. Pest controllers use a heat machine that is placed in your room and this makes it too hot for pests to survive. The added benefit is that this kills all pests along with the bed bugs.

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