MN Pest Extermination
Summer has come and gone, fall is officially here and that means another Minnesota winter is sure to follow. If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself spending more and more time inside the house. However, you and your family aren’t the only ones trying to hide from the cooler weather. With the change in season, every year, right on time, critters may look for a warmer place to live. They’re all around us, in our back yards, gardens, and yes, in our houses.
They need a home with plenty of food, a source of water, and a place to crash. Your house would be perfect! So, be on the lookout spiders, ants, box elder bugs, and other insects, as well as wild animals so you can head them off at the door, or wherever they decide to crawl in. And while one or two might not be alarming, it’s a whole different matter when their relatives arrive!
Common Fall Invaders
Spiders – There’s an old saying that you’re never more than 5 feet from a spider. It’s probably true, as spiders can be found nearly everywhere, indoors and out. Despite their creepy reputation, if it wasn’t for spiders, we’d be up to our eyeballs waging war with insects. Spiders are largely beneficial and help keep pests like flies and plant-feeding insects under control. With few exceptions, spiders rarely bite and are not generally dangerous to people.
Box Elder Bugs – The fall is a common time to see these pests in and around your house or office. The good news is that they cannot harm you, and they do not carry diseases. The worst they can do to your property is stain surfaces with their excrement.
Wasps & Bees – Wasps and Bees can be a major problem at this time of year. These stinging insects are extremely active in autumn. Hiding and lurking, and then attacking when you least expect it, they can be found in some surprising places. The last thing you want to encounter is a cranky bee. They are aggressive and take defending their territory seriously. They can and do sting if they are threatened.
The problem with insects, such as the box elder bug, is once they are inside a wall, not much can be done about them. Box elder bugs and Asian lady beetles warm up inside of walls during this time, and when the weather becomes cooler they will venture out of walls into a home. Once these pests are in the walls, there aren’t many good options because walls can’t be treated.
Fall Pest Prevention
The bottom line to prevent fall invading insects is to take the time to seal all cracks and crevices. It will save a lot of energy and prevent insects from entering your home. If done diligently, it will save a LOT of problems later.
If unwanted critters are waging war on your house, it’s time to fight back. Contact a Minneapolis Pest Exterminator today and while you’re getting your house ready for a change in the season, contact a Wild Animal Management Expert to make sure it’s wild life-proofed as well.