Fall Pest Infestations and What to Do About Them

Fall Pest Infestations and What to Do About Them

Fall is in the air. It is the best time of year in North Carolina and Virginia. We finally get a break from the potentially oppressive heat of summer, with cool nights and mornings. The ground is still warm and temperatures pleasant during the day. Most mornings start with wispy mist rising from the rivers and draping the foothills and mountains in blankets of puffy fog. Through October and November, the mountains, hills, and valleys turn marvelous shades of orange, red, and purple. It is a season for enjoying the outdoors, building campfires, and watching sports with your friends and family. 

People often want to believe that pests go away the first time the weather gets cool enough to justify wearing a sweater; however, there are bugs that plague us throughout fall and winter.

Some of those pests are annoying and some are destructive. Here are some signs you are about to face an infestation and what you should do about it. 

If You Have a Lot of Spiders…

Spiders are everyone’s least favorite fall pest. Well, there may be a few of us who actually like spiders, but you can be sure no one likes to run face-first into a spider web when they walk out the front door. 

Unfortunately, spiders are not standalone agents of annoyance. If you are seeing a lot of spiders, you are likely to also have a lot of the pests around that they eat. In this case, you probably need comprehensive insect extermination. 

You Probably Have Termites If…

Termites are not just annoying; they are destructive and can cost you thousands of dollars if left unchecked. There is a good chance you have termites to exterminate if you have any of these signs:

  • Discarded wings laying around near your walls or flooring
  • Streaks of mud along your walls that are actually tunnels for termites
  • Pellets of termite droppings piled near wood
  • Peeling paint and soft spots in your flooring
  • Tapping in the walls, which is the sound they make as they knock their heads against your home

If you have signs of termites, there is no time to wait. You need to contact Rid-A-Bug Exterminating immediately

If You See Numerous Ladybugs…

Ladybugs are probably the cutest insect in the Carolinas and Virginia. They are also vicious predators that are major allies to your garden. When you see ladybugs outside, you know they are eating the destructive aphids that wreak havoc on your precious garden plants. When you see them inside, however, they are probably feeding on mites, whiteflies, and scale insects. You need to seek extermination for those little pests. 

You Probably Have Mice If…

Mice seek the comfort and safety of the indoors all year, but especially as temperatures cool in the fall. You likely have a problem with mice if you find:

  • Tiny droppings that look a lot like sesame seeds
  • Holes in your cereal boxes, bread bags, and other food items
  • Piles of shredded fibers in the corners of your garage and basement

Mice are gross, but we don’t have to tell you that. Contact Rid-A-Bug as soon as possible to get rid of mice quickly. 

If You See an Anthill Near Your House…

An anthill near your home is often indicative of what will soon be an ant infestation. Most ants are not necessarily destructive, but a train of them going in and out of your home is typically not something you want inside your home. They can get into food containers and essentially ruin your groceries. 

Carpenter ants are destructive and can cause significant damage. They will burrow into your wood floors and walls, leaving behind holes much like termites. They may not do quite as much damage as termites, but you do not want to leave them unchecked. 

Fall pest infestations are not nearly as enjoyable as campfires, screen porch sitting, grilling, and all of the other great things about Autumn. Actually, problem pests are not any fun at all. Before an infestation gets out of hand, give Rid-A-Bug a call. We can usually solve your pest problem within24-hours, so there is no reason to wait. Get the expert team at Rid-A-Bug to exterminate your pests. Contact us today.