We all know that bugs are more of a problem in the summer for Florida homeowners. With the inevitable heavy rains and blazing hot days, pests are all too common in the summer. But what about the fall? Do bugs and rodents disappear in the fall? Should I be concerned about bugs in the fall? During autumn, ants, termites, rodents, mosquitoes, roaches, bees, bed bugs, and many other pests can invade your home or property and create a nuisance. In some cases, these pests can even present dangers if you do not remove them quickly.
What are the most common fall pests in Tallahassee?
Most pests are active during the summertime when the temperatures are at their highest. However, these creatures can still wreak havoc in the fall. For example, they may use the autumn to find a place to nest for the cooler months ahead. Even though the weather in Tallahassee isn’t particularly cold, mice would rather nest indoors than take the risk of facing the cold. Mice can actually fit into holes as small as a dime and can quickly slip into your home unnoticed. If you take a walk around the exterior of your home and notice any openings, no matter how small, that could be a point-of-entry. Mice can enter within small openings near electrical, gas, water or even air conditioning connections that lead into your home. There may also be gaps that aren’t visibly accessible which are covered by siding or moldings that can allow rodents to get in. Rodents can find entry points that you might not even be aware of. Although you could experience more mouse activity in the fall and winter, they are still a year-round problem for homeowners and business owners.
Living and working in the Tallahassee area, you’ve likely encountered ants. Certain species, such as carpenter ants, can live inside your home, while others may establish colonies in places directly adjacent to your house. They will find minuscule gaps to enter your house and seek out food sources, especially sweets. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat wood. Instead, they chew through wood to create tunnels for navigation. If they find a suitable food source inside your home, you can experience an infestation at any time of year, including the fall.
After coming in from South America, in the United States, imported fire ants currently inhabit all or parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Fire ants build nests that look like large dirt mounds, which if disturbed will explode with ants ready to attack. They are known for their stings that are said to create a painful, burning sensation. The effects of being stung by a fire ant can last up to 10 days, and even longer for those who are allergic. Unlike most ants, fire ants are aggressive and will actively go after humans, pets, and wildlife. If you are unlucky enough to encounter fire ants inside your home, it’s likely that they’re going after dirty laundry, sweets, proteins, and fats.
Are yellowjackets still active in the fall?
During the fall, stinging insects such as yellowjackets go into survival mode. Their food sources begin to dwindle, turning them into more aggressive pests that are more likely to attack. You may notice significant activity that can help you locate hives during the autumn. If you find yellow and black flying bugs going in and out of your attic or a hole in your yard, you’ve probably located a yellowjacket nest. Call our pest experts to handle the nest for you, rather than turning to DIY solutions and putting your safety at risk.
Are bed bugs and termites active during the fall in North Florida?
Bed bugs spread the fastest during the busiest travel season. Between the summer and holiday travel rush, bed bugs can surface indoors. Since many people travel during the summer, these biting pests are at their worst. If left untreated, bed bugs can spread from their initial infestation point to other areas in your home during the fall. To learn about bed bug prevention measures you can take on your own, read our bed bug guide by clicking here.
Termites generally swarm and create new colonies in the spring. However, they do not hibernate, and, in warmer climates such as Florida, the queen termites can lay eggs throughout the year. In the fall, you can find evidence of termite infestations, such as small holes in the wood elements of your home. You are less likely to see termites in the winter, but that does not mean they are not actively eating your home’s wood. If you believe there is termite activity at your home or business, contact us for a free inspection.
Do bugs die in the fall in Tallahassee?
Some pests, such as mosquitoes and cockroaches, are a year-round problem in Florida. While these creatures are the most active during spring and summer, they can enter your home at any time of year. Cockroaches can be an especially urgent problem for commercial enterprises, such as food businesses because they can lead to health and safety issues. Preventative pest control services are your best bet to avoid fall pests.
How can Capelouto get rid of pests in my house?
Fall is one of the best times to deal with pests before they get established in your home. While you can try to remove unwanted rodents or bugs yourself, it’s always best to call the pest experts at Capelouto to ensure that pests get entirely removed and do not return in the winter.
Capelouto Termite and Pest Control provides the best pest control for Tallahassee residents and business owners, preventing and eliminating a full range of pests. We offer free pest inspections, yellowjacket removal, rodent exclusion and a wide variety of services to get rid of active pest problems, and plans to keep you pest free all year.
We are the area’s largest and most trusted company, with decades of experience. As a Capelouto client, you’ll benefit from same day service, free after-hours calls, and 100% guaranteed service. Not a Capelouto client yet? Don’t worry! Estimates are free.
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