Autumn is Prime Season for Spooky Pests Inside Your House

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky.” They’re…spiders, bats and bed bugs?

During Halloween, forget the typical haunted house! For most homeowners, just the thought of a spider building a web in the kitchen, a bat flying around in the attic, or bed bugs nesting between the sheets is all they need to deem their home a “haunted” one. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that autumn is a prime season for pest infestations as insects and rodents seek shelter from cooler weather.

“Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky and scary, but the holiday also serves as an important reminder for homeowners to take preventative measures to keep pests from taking up residence in their homes,” says Jim Fredericks, technical services director for NPMA. “Although plastic spiders and faux cobwebs are meant to be frightening, it is real life critters that can cause nightmares when they invade your home.”

NPMA offers these tips to homeowners for preventing a pest infestation during the Halloween season:

  • Seal cracks and holes in and around the home’s exterior to block entryways for pests.
  • Repair broken or poorly fitted window screens and loose/missing shingles; insure that locations where pipes and wiring enter homes are properly sealed.
  • Do not leave unsealed food lying around, as it attracts insects and rodents.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Check wood for insects – especially spiders – before bringing it indoors.
  • If you see signs of a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and control the problem.

Hot Humid Summer Impacts Fall and Winter Pest Population

The National Pest Management Association recently released its Bug Barometer, a forecast indicating what Americans can expect from pest populations this fall and winter. NPMA’s Bug Barometer takes into account the weather patterns of the summer season in every region of the country.

Spring and summer are typically the most active seasons for the majority of pests, such as ticks, mosquitoes and ants, and this year was no exception. Unfortunately, the start of fall doesn’t necessarily mean an end to pest activity, with many of these pests remaining active until temperatures consistently stay below the 50-degree mark and they begin to seek overwintering sites.

After winter storms and frigid cold battered the Northeast earlier this year, consistent warmth made May one of the warmest on record for many cities. That was followed by periods of record-setting rainfall and exceptional humidity, which combined with the heat to provide ideal conditions for pests. Mosquitoes, especially, are expected to take advantage of an increase in areas of standing water and remain active until temperatures consistently dip below 50 degrees. The summer conditions have also helped tick populations to remain at average levels, where they will remain well into the fall season. The heat and humidity have also benefitted overwintering pests, such as brown stink bugs and multicolored Asian lady beetles that will begin to gather on exterior walls as they search for winter shelter in the coming months.

Oct 8 – Daytime Mosquito Spraying Scheduled

Weather permitting; the Delaware Mosquito Control Section plans the following insecticide application during daylight hours on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Application of granular BTI (Aquabac 200G) and granular spinosad (Natular G) via airplane to control mosquito larvae in the following areas:

Select wetlands south of Southbridge within the City of Wilmington; Broad Dyke and Artesian Marshes in greater New Castle; and Augustine Creek Marsh in greater Middletown.

For notification purposes, spraying will be done in the following zones: 22, 28, 29, 42, and 43. View the Map

All insecticides used are EPA-registered for mosquito control and applied according to EPA-approved label instructions, which the EPA has determined can be used without posing unreasonable risks to human health, wildlife or the environment.

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Tonight

Weather permitting; the Delaware Mosquito Control Section plans the following insecticide application during the evening hours on Wednesday, October 07, 2015.

Application of Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin/PBO) with a truck-mounted sprayer to control adult mosquitoes in the following areas:

In and near Seaford and near Laurel, Delmar, and Rehoboth Beach.
For notification purposes, spraying will be done in the following zones: 55, 159, 170, 172, and 196.  View the Map
All insecticides to be used are registered with the USEPA for mosquito control and will be applied according to USEPA approved label instructions.  The USEPA has determined that the insecticides to be used do not pose unreasonable risks to human health, wildlife, or the environment.

Where Do Mice Go in Winter?

Mice don’t hibernate.  This time of year is when they start looking for a place to spend the winter.  One of the places they may be looking is YOUR home!

Mice can enter your home through a variety of small crevices. You will want to seal up every opening you can find. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done because some species of mice are so small they can slip through a hole almost as small as a pencil.

Most homes have some kind of pipe or vent going through an outside wall. These spaces, if you can find them, can be plugged with steel wool or wire mesh for bigger holes. Also check the seals and weatherstripping around doors and garage doors.

If mice still manage to slip in, the two basic options are trapping them or poisoning them. Call the experts at Reardon immediately at 302-792-9300 if you notice any droppings or damage.