Fall tends to be the time when pests are more noticeable because they are trying to find a warm place to stay. Here are five of the common pests you should look for.
- Bed Bugs
There are a lot of different types of spiders in the state of Washington including black widows, yellow sac spiders, and hobo spiders. Black widows and yellow sac spiders are venomous, but the hobo spider does not cause dangerous bites to humans. These species make their way into your home during the fall because of the dropping temperatures. It’s important to take care of any spider problems in your home because the infestation can get out of hand, increasing the chances of spider bites.
Ticks are very dangerous because they can spread lots of diseases including lymes disease and tick paralysis. Ticks are most likely to be found in your yard or garden in wooded, brush areas, or grassy places. You are more likely to see them in the fall because they like the cool, rainy weather. Ticks can also be found on rodents, which can then bring them into your home.
Rodents tend to make their way into homes in the fall to find shelter from the cold weather. They are especially dangerous because they carry diseases and cause structural damage to your home. They tend to go into crawlspaces or attics and damage the insulation, chew on wires, and make their nests in the walls. A rodent infestation should be taken seriously and dealt with in order to avoid expensive damage.
Ants are pesky creatures that can spoil your food and seem to never go away. Not only that, depending on the type of ant, they can cause structural damage. Ants make their way into your home in the fall because they need a warm place to make their nests. They can burrow or eat their way into wood and cause major damage to your home. It’s important to take care of an ant problem when it is first noticed.
Bed bugs, if left untreated, will keep growing in number. Bed bugs feed on blood so it is common for humans to get bite marks, especially on their legs. Signs that your home has bed bugs include bites on your skin, small rusty-red and black spots on mattresses, pillows, and sheets, and a sweet, musty odor. Bed bugs don’t carry diseases but scratching the bites can lead to infection. For peace of mind, have a professional come in to take care of a bed bug problem and take precautions to prevent them from coming back.