With the arrival of fall comes with many things: crackling fires, apple cider, pumpkins, leaves changing colors, the arrival of rodents and cockroaches. Wait, back up.
The change in seasons to cooler weather can bring unwelcome pests into your home and cause damage to your trees outside. If these problems are left untreated, they can cause major damage to your home and property At J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc., we know the most common fall pests and problems and what you can do to solve them.
Fall Pests & Problems: Rodents, Ants, Cockroaches, Winter Burn on Trees & More
One of the most common myths we hear associated with Fall is that pests disappear when temperatures cool down. Unfortunately, this is not true – some pests become even more prevalent during this time of year! Also appearing during the Fall is winter burn, which can affect your property’s trees. Here is a list of the biggest problems we treat this time of year and some tips on how to manage them:
- Rodents. Rodents such as mice and rats are common intruders come fall time. They thrive on food and shelter to escape to the warmth. To prevent rodents from entering your home, make sure all of your food is sealed in airtight containers, clear gutters of leaves, and seal cracks around the base of your home. If you suspect you might have a rodent infestation, call J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. immediately. If not treated, they can bring fleas, ticks, mites and lice into your home.
- Ants. Come fall time, various ants can be found around homes. Odorous house ants can contaminate food and carpenter ants can damage the structure of your home. To prevent your house from an ant infestation, seal all cracks in and around your home. You can also eliminate sources of standing water and keep food sealed in airtight containers. Keeping your tree branches trimmed away from the home also prevents ants from invading.
- Cockroaches. Did you know that cockroaches have the ability to spread 33 different types of bacteria into your home? They can also cause asthma in children, making them not only a nuisance but a dangerous pest. They like to hide out in pipes and drains, so keeping your kitchens and bathrooms sanitized and vacuuming frequently will prevent these pests from entering your home.
- Ladybugs and Boxelder Bugs. As two of fall’s most active pests, ladybugs and Boxelder bugs are a nuisance and can stain clothing, curtains and other fabrics with their droppings, which emit a strong odor if crushed. If you vacuum often and seal the cracks around your home, you can lessen the chance of them infesting your home. In addition, you should repair or replace any damaged screens on doors and windows.
- Winter Burn on Trees. Winter burn commonly affects evergreens, including boxwood, holly, rhododendron and most coniferous species. It is caused by dehydration that results when tree roots are unable to obtain water lost through transpiration. Winter burn causes the scorching of leaf tips or outer leaf margins, turning the leaves and needles brown. There are a couple of things you can do to prevent your trees from getting winterburn including continuing to water your plants during winter months, erecting physical windbreaks and wrapping problem plants with burlap to protect from wind and moisture loss.
For more information on the types of pests and problems that fall brings, contact J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. today. We would also be happy to give you a free consultation on any of our pest management services.
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