No, we aren’t talking about Space Invaders or Invasion of the Body Snatchers. We are talking about the pests which venture into your home or business during the fall months in search of food or shelter. Most insects and critters are dormant, or at least less active, during this period. But there are exceptions to every rule.
Most pests might take a few months off, but at Thrive Pest Control, we never take time off. If you have a pest infestation, we are available twelve months a year to take care of it, because some problems cannot wait until spring.
Travel activity normally picks up during the fall. Many families plan one last getaway before winter. College students come and go, usually bringing copious amounts of laundry with them. Additionally, sports fans often plan road trips to watch their favorite (or least favorite) teams play.
So, even if your house is as sanitary as a chip manufacturing clean room, you could encounter a serious bed bug infestation. That’s especially common if a family member recently stayed in a hotel. Although DDT was outlawed about fifty years ago, many hotels have yet to find an effective and acceptable alternative.
Red welts on skin and dark spots or dried blood on sheets are the most common signs of a bed bug infestation.
Spring might be mating season for many people, but fall is mating season for spiders. Males usually venture indoors in search of mates, and females often lay their eggs in sheltered areas, like under furniture. Spiders are physically and emotionally dangerous. Tulsa Oklahoma spiders are among the most venomous spiders in the world. And, many people have arachnophobia (an irrational fear of spiders).
Tiny insects have no problem surviving Oklahoma winters outdoors. Mice and rats are different. These larger critters need warm shelter. Your water heater closet will do quite nicely. Your garage or storage room will suffice as well.
Although they are large for pests, rodents do not need much space to get inside. A rat can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter, and a mouse can get through a gap the size of a dime.
Once these rodents get inside, they venture out at night for food. And, they will chew through anything in their path to reach it. These foul animals also carry a number of parasites and diseases which are harmful or fatal to pets and people.
Cockroaches are the most common fall pest invaders. Like rodents, they need shelter and food for the winter. Many roaches live in sewers and other such areas, so when they crawl into your home or business, there is no telling what is on their legs. Once they get inside, roaches usually stay in wet, concealed areas, like behind drainpipes or in basements. If you see one roach, you probably have a serious infestation.