Which Pests Should I Watch for in the Fall?

During the spring and summer with the constant yard maintenance and care, it is easy to notice something amiss. Working in the yard can be a sometimes daily, if not at least weekly occurrence so it’s difficult for pest to sneak past your nose. However, in the fall as the weather turns cold, plant growth begins to stagnate, the needed yard attention becomes infrequent. With your guard down, it becomes easier for pests to slip past your notice and get inside. The weather gets colder and many pests need a place to overwinter and stay out of the harsh winter temperatures. Your home is a sanctuary for them and once inside, they will never want to leave. You have food, warmth and water for them. It is a pests’ paradise. Fall pest control has never been more important. Here are the main fall culprits to watch for this season.


Rodents are nasty, destructive disease carriers and one thing they hate is the cold. During the fall months, they feel a sense of urgency to find warmth and a place to hide. Your home or garage becomes a target and they will chew their way desperately inside. They can squeeze through tiny cracks and crevices and if it’s not big enough, they can chew through almost anything and make the opening big enough to squeeze through. Once inside, they multiply quickly and it seems as if “search and destroy” becomes their motto as they scout out food and get into absolutely anything edible.


Flies come in search of warmth. Cluster flies, house flies and fruit flies may seem more numerous as they congregate in warm areas. Your attic becomes a huge target for cluster flies. These insects cluster together for warmth during cold days but occasionally you may see a few sleepily flying around your home. On warm days, they leave the warmth of the cluster in search of food. Though they don’t cause any damage, the nuisance and disgust they cause homeowners makes up for it.

Stinging insects

During the fall, bees and wasps spend these months frantically collecting nutrients to store up for winter. Bees find nectar from late blooming flowers and wasps switch their diets with sweeter, carbohydrate rich foods. Between the two species, they gather as much as they can in preparation for winter and you may encounter more stinging insects in your yard, putting your family at risk. They find places to hide out for the winter where the colony will clump together as tight as they can around the queen for warmth.


Spiders can live anywhere from 1-15 years, depending on the species and their survival depends entirely on the success of their wintertime hiding spot. It must have food as well as warmth and what better place to find both of those commodities than your home. You might think that your home doesn’t have much “spider food” but without fall pest control, you could have many little insects around your home for a spider to grow fat on all winter. Professional fall pest control prevents spiders from coming inside, laying egg sacs and that egg sac hatching in the spring. Once that egg sac hatches, you could have a terrible infestation on your hands.

Fall pest control prevents springtime infestations

It only takes a few months for one pest to grow into an infestation of pests. With professional fall pest control treatments, Pointe Pest Control technicians remove all pests within your home so they don’t have time to reproduce over the winter months. We also find any entrance points around your home and seal them so desperate pests cannot sneak inside. Fall pest control is absolutely essential for the protection and safety of your home and family. You cannot afford not to schedule this as soon as possible. Call us today for an appointment, we look forward to hearing from you.

Andrew IsraelsenWhich Pests Should I Watch for in the Fall?