Scary Fall Pests That Belong in a Haunted House

Scary Fall Pests That Belong in a Haunted House

If you ask residents of the Carolinas and Virginia about their favorite season, a few might say summer for the warmth, or spring for the smells and colors. Many will proudly answer that Autumn is by far the best season to be in our area. From campfires and pumpkin spice to changing leaves and sweater-weather, the fall is a great time to be in the foothills and piedmont.


One of the best things about Fall is Halloween. For most years, it means decorating your home in the scariest manner possible and trick-or-treating. Your neighborhood becomes a frightening place to be outdoors. Not really, of course, it’s all in good fun. But a real reason to be scared is likely hiding in your home’s floors, walls, and furniture.

Here are 9 scary fall pests. 

9 Scary Fall Pests

There are more pests during the fall than what is listed, but here are seven of the scariest:

Spiders: There are a number of common fall spiders here such as wolf spiders; however, there are only four venomous spiders:

  • Brown Recluses
  • Black Widows
  • False Black Widows
  • Yellow Sac Spiders

Cockroaches: These are one of the scariest and grossest pests on the lists. Cockroaches carry diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, and polio. They are gross and need to be eliminated. 

Ants: Ants are common and annoying. Tails of ants can find their way into your food storage and ruin groceries. Carpenter ants are actually destructive as well as annoying. They bore tunnels into wood floors and walls and need to be eliminated.

Termites: Termites are the most destructive scare pest on this list. They can do thousands of dollars in damage in a relatively short time. If you see signs of termites such as droppings, discarded wings, soft spots in walls and floors, and mud tubes outside your home, you need to have your termites exterminated immediately.

Bedbugs: Bedbugs are one of the most aggravating scare pests on this list. They do not damage property, but they bite us and cause itchy bumps on our skin. You need to get rid of bedbugs as quickly as possible.

Stinkbugs and Ladybugs: When these pests show up, they can really pile into your home and cause a lot of clean up needs. 

Snakes: Snakes may determine that your house is a good home for fall. If you find a snake in your house, you are as likely to scream as you are seeing a falling skeleton in a haunted house.

Mice: Mice qualify as a rodent and pest in our eyes. They are about as scary to the common homeowner as snakes and spiders. You want to get rid of mice as soon as possible. 

Moths: Moths can get in your home and damage fabric in closets and drawers. 

What to Do About Scary Pests

You could fill a haunted house with problem pests and it would be scariest than almost anything else. Scare pests do not have to haunt this fall. You can help prevent problem pests from entering your home. A few key tips include:

  • Do not leave food around that is unsealed and inviting for ants and roaches
  • Clean underneath appliances and the hard-to-reach places
  • Store your firewood at least 20-feet from your home
  • Make sure you leave space between your landscaping plants and bushes and the exterior of your home
  • Seal their entry points such as cracks and holes in and around the exterior of your home, foundation and crawlspace holes, missing or damaged window screens, and anything that is damaged by water
  • Replace shingles and seal attic spaces

When it comes to the scariest pest of all, termites, watch for their signs such as tiny piles of wood, tapping in your walls, and their droppings and wings. If you have even the slightest indication of the presence of termites, it is vital to call us immediately. 

If you have scary pests, you need a scary exterminator. For almost fifty years, Rid-A-Bug has been the worst nightmare for problem pests in the Carolinas and Virginia. One call to us and your pests will be a distant memory in no time. We typically respond within 24-hours of your call. For a trusted exterminator in the foothills and piedmont of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, contact Rid-A-Bug today.