Fall is arguably the most beautiful time of year. With it comes changing leaves, the start of the holiday season and yes, pests. It’s important to remember that the change in weather from summer to fall can send many pests running right into your home. According to Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Pest Management Association, "when the weather cools, our warm homes are just as enticing to pests as they are to us." In fact, you may not realize it now but fall is one of the most important seasons for pest control services for this very reason. That’s why we’ve put together this list of pests to look out for this fall.
A common misconception is that people believe that come the fall and winter months, homes and businesses will be pest free. Where many pests hibernate during the cold temperatures, there are quite a few that remain active. More often than not, the pests that are left to rough the winter months will intrude into homes and businesses when food becomes scarce and temperatures become extreme. They barge inside to escape frigid cold and predators, looking for shelter, food and water. Once they find your abode perfect for their needs, they rarely leave. Today, we at Eagle Pest Control would like to list the common pests that Virginia can see as fall takes root and winter moves in.
While some rodents may be cute to admire in the pet store, the thought of having wild rats scurrying throughout your home can be disturbing. They can destroy our homes by gnawing on and chewing through pipes in search of water. Rodents also destroy wires, cords, water hoses, wooden doors, clothing, furniture, walls and small gardens. In large numbers they can even annihilate fields of crops! In search of food they raid our cabinets and pantries, scurrying over our dinner plates and the food we eat, ultimately contaminating everything they touch. If they get a hold of your trash can, it’s game over. There is sure to be a huge mess to clean up. Here in D.C. and the surrounding areas, we were dubbed #5 in the Nation for having the most rats in city by the Washington Post in 2017. So, if you have a rodent problem in your home, you are not alone. Last year, the D.C. Department of Health’s rodent control division saw 2,000 more reported rat cases than it did the year prior. There are more than 50 different species of rats. To get rid of them it’s important to know what type of rat you have in your home. Two of the most common found in our area are Norway rats and Roof rats. Eagle Pest Services will explain the differences between the two and give some helpful information on how to get them out of your home and avoid them in the future.
There are lots of pests that can really give you a run for your money. Some become an infestation quickly while others cause damage to your home. When it comes to a pest that needs special attention and can stay hidden without being detected for some time the bed bug tops the list. They are a pest that anyone can come in contact with. Have you ever been on a flight or stayed at a hospital or hotel? Then you have put yourself at risk of bed bugs. That does not mean that you need to stay locked in your home but you should be cautious about what you are doing and how to be careful. When you have people over whether it is family or friends you need to know what they are bringing with them.