As the leaves begin to fall and the temperature drops, eastern Virginia homeowners look forward to cozy nights in front of the fireplace. However, the fall season also comes with unwelcome guests. Yes! We are talking about pests. Virginia experiences various types of pests during the fall season, and understanding their behavior and habits is essential in preventing an infestation. In this blog, we will discuss the pests commonly encountered in Virginia during the fall season, their habits, and effective preventative measures.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The brown marmorated stink bug is very common in eastern Virginia during the fall season. They are known for their distinct odor when killed or disturbed. Stink bugs will usually enter your home looking for a warm place to stay for the winter. They can easily enter through small gaps or openings around windows, doors, and pipes. It is important to seal all the cracks and crevices around your house to prevent entry. You can also use a vacuum to remove the bugs and dispose of them carefully, preferably outside the home.
Ladybugs come in different colors and sizes, and they often appear in large numbers during the fall season. They are attracted to the warmth of your home and can quickly become a nuisance. The easiest way to prevent an infestation is by sealing any openings around the house. Ladybugs are also attracted to light, so it’s essential to keep outdoor lights turned off or use amber or yellow bulbs that are less attractive to insects.
Cluster flies are another common pest found in eastern Virginia homes during the fall season. They are attracted to the sunlight and can invade homes in large numbers. Cluster flies will usually enter your home through the attic or the gaps around the windows and doors. It’s important to block all openings that lead to the attic and make regular checks to ensure that there are no openings around the windows and doors. You can vacuum the flies to remove them or call us if the infestation is severe.
As the temperatures drop, rodents such as mice, rats, and even squirrels seek shelter inside the warmth of homes. They’ll usually enter your home through small gaps around pipes or cracks in the foundation of the home. The easiest and most effective way to prevent rodents from invading your home is by blocking all the entryways and sealing off any openings around pipes. You can also eliminate potential food sources by storing food in sealed containers and keeping the trash covered.
Spiders are prevalent in eastern Virginia, and some homeowners find them incredibly frightening. The fall season is when spiders are more active because they are looking for a place to lay their eggs. Spiders will enter your home through small openings around your windows and doors, and once inside your home, they will hide in dark, quiet spaces. The best way to prevent spiders from entering your home is by blocking all potential entryways and eliminating potential hiding spots by keeping the house clean and tidy.
When It’s Time to Call Us
Fall pests can be a significant issue for eastern Virginia homeowners if not prevented on time. Understanding the behavior and habits of these pests can help your home stay safe and cozy. Sealing all the gaps, openings, and cracks around the house is an effective measure to prevent these pests from invading your home. It’s also essential to keep your home clean and tidy and eliminate all potential hiding spots.
If the pest infestation persists, calling the professionals at Eco Pest Control is your best option. By following these tips, you can relax and enjoy the cozy nights of the fall season without unwelcome guests.