Now that autumn has arrived in its full force, there are two things that are guaranteed to follow: weather that is consistently cooler and common nuisance bugs that overwinter. Sigh. We are also aware that snow is on its way, but let’s not get our hopes up just yet.
There is a widespread belief that all insects and rodents perish during the autumn and winter seasons because temperatures range from cool too cold to freezing and ice and snow cover the outdoors. This is a frequent misunderstanding. There are a great number of pests, the majority of which are quite skilled at locating warm, dry locations to hide and hibernate in order to survive the winter in peace. This practice is known as “overwintering.” Even though you may notice less of these pests now that October has arrived with its colder temperatures, they are still there, loitering around, making the most of the remaining light and heat, and getting ready to spend the winter.
From the late autumn until the early spring, pests such as cluster flies, Asian lady beetles, box elder bugs, pine seed bugs, wasps and hornets, and mice are quite good at seeking shelter inside. Because of the potential magnitude of the damage they may wreak, these seven unwanted guests should be avoided at all costs.
In many cases, cluster flies are the first insects to survive the winter. Cluster flies are enormous, loud flies that move slowly and make a lot of noise when they fly and swarm around your windows and light fixtures. These flies seem to be completely bewildered. Cluster flies are drawn to the warm sunlight that can be seen on the walls of houses and businesses from the end of summer until the beginning of October. In other instances, they assemble in very large groups that may be rather unsettling to see. People who live in the country have a high incidence of this problem. Cluster flies will seek sanctuary inside of houses and businesses via whatever holes, gaps, or crevices they may find as the nighttime draws closer and the temperatures begin to drop. They could come out again the next day to bask in the sun, but they might also retreat back inside if the temperature drops again throughout the day or at night. This will depend on how the weather is. They will continue this pattern until they are ready to hibernate, at which point they will retreat inside and stay there until the next year. Once inside, cluster flies, like the majority of other pests that overwinter, will often stay dormant until the following spring by hiding in hidden regions such as attics and wall voids.
At the same time as cluster flies are a problem, wasps and hornets may be a bothersome pest. Queen wasps and queen hornets both deposit their eggs somewhere between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. These eggs will eventually hatch into adult male and fertile female wasps and hornets. After mating, freshly fertilized female wasps and hornets depart the colony to find their own safe place to spend the winter. This leaves the remainder of the wasp and hornet colonies to perish during the colder months. These fertilized females will take over as the new queens in the following spring and will be in charge of establishing new colonies when the time comes.
The box elder bugs and pine seed bugs that overwinter are the next ones to appear. These pests, like cluster flies, are drawn to the warm south sides of homes and other structures in the late summer and early autumn so that they may bask in the sun. After the sun goes down, pine seed bugs and box elder bugs will climb into wall voids and attics via cracks and crevices in the siding, eaves, and foundation of the building, as well as around windows. In the winter, they do not move at all and instead hide from the cold in wall cavities and attics. Once agricultural fields have been harvested for the year and aphids, which the Asian Lady beetle feeds on, have been eradicated, the beetles will begin their overwintering process. They, too, will discover similar entry points into buildings as pine-need bugs, box elder bugs, and cluster flies, and they will hibernate during the winter.
Mice are the least desirable of the bunch, yet they are nonetheless around. Mice may be a nuisance at any time of the year; however, they tend to cause more trouble in the autumn since harvesting season scares them away from the fields. They have to hurry inside since there is not enough food, water, or shelter for them outside, so that they may have a better chance of surviving the winter.
You may prevent these overwintering pests from becoming a problem inside your house or place of business by taking one of two different preventative measures.
The first step is to protect against pests. You won’t have to deal with any problems related to pest management if you are able to stop pests, insects, and rodents from entering your house or place of business. Check out these useful techniques for pest proofing that we’ve given on our blog and in our Pest Library, and give them a try!
The Top Ten Pest-Prevention Tips for autumn
- The steps you take to eliminate cluster flies
- How to eliminate box elder pests from your garden
- how to eliminate pine seed bugs from your garden
- How to eliminate Asian lady bugs from your home
- Wasp control and elimination methods
- Getting rid of hornets and their nests
- How to do away with mice in your home
The second step is to call for pest control in east York. Because it is the time of year when overwintering pests want to be inside, safe and warm, fall is the best time of year to stay ahead of and avoid pest troubles. This is because fall is the time of year when overwintering pests want to survive the winter and emerge in the spring. Many individuals are under the impression that they are dealing with a “spring-time” pest management problem in their houses if they discover these unwanted guests during the springtime. These unwanted guests have been around since last autumn, but they did not become a problem until this spring. This is why you were taken off guard by their appearance. There are certain winter days that are so mild that the sun beats down and the temperatures soar to spring-like levels. When this happens, the autumn pests that hibernate over the winter wake up by mistake believing it is spring and beeline for your windows, doors, and lights. The highest level of protection and the most effective outcomes may be achieved by combining two yearly pest control services: one in the autumn and one in the spring. It stops these pests from coming inside now in the autumn, when they need the shelter the most, and it will take care of any overwintering pests that did make it inside and will become a nuisance when they wake up ready and want to go back outdoors in the spring.
Why should you use Quality Pest Control GTA in autumn (and at any other time of year)? Our company was established more than three decades ago on the basis of our knowledge of box elder bugs, pine seed bugs, Asian lady beetles, cluster flies, mice, and wasps and hornets, as well as the means by which these pests may be properly managed, controlled, and eradicated.