Between crisp mornings, cool evenings, football, sweaters, pumpkin patches (and pumpkin-flavored everything), and the vibrant color palette, it’s easy to understand why so many New Hampshire residents savor the fall season. As you get ready to enjoy festive days and cozy evenings, it’s important to remember that many of our area’s local pests are looking to get warm and comfortable, too. Below, we’ve outlined several of the most common pests homeowners struggle with during the fall as well as several tips to help you prepare your home. If you still find yourself dealing with unwanted visitors this fall, just contact the Anchor Pest Services team to schedule an inspection!
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Mice, Rats, and Other Rodents
Mice, rats, and other rodents can be a nuisance for homeowners at any time of the year, but summer is when they are at their most active. Summer gardens, food scraps from outdoor events, compost piles, and firewood can all attract them to your property, putting you, your family, and your home at risk of disease and structural damage.
As is the case with other seasonal pests, the best way to solve a rodent infestation problem is to keep it from occurring in the first place. Anchor Pest Services is familiar with rodents in all of the local areas we serve, and we would be more than happy to help you come up with a plan to prevent rodents from making your home their own this summer.
Bed bugs are brown, oval-shaped insects that feed on human blood and multiply quickly. Although a bed bug infestation can occur at any time of the year, fall is when many residents find themselves needing to invest in professional bed bug treatment. In many cases, bed bugs hitch a ride home during summer vacations and are able to multiply undetected for several months. In others, they’re able to transfer from home to home as children go back to school and have more frequent home-to-home contact.
Bed bugs don’t normally pose significant health risks, but the sores their bites create can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Four of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation include:
Shells and/or molted skins
Small bloodstains on bedding
Clustered red welts that itch and burn
White eggs approximately 1 millimeter in length
Few pests alarm homeowners quite like cockroaches, and understandably so! Cockroaches often make their way through garbage, sewers, and other areas in which they can pick up bacteria and pathogens that are spread wherever they go. They can also exacerbate asthma and allergies and susceptible individuals, making it extremely important to take steps to keep them out and treat infestations as soon as they’re discovered.
Cockroaches are primarily active at night, which can make them more difficult to spot than some other pests, and the fact that they can take up residence almost anywhere only compounds the problem. If you notice any of the following signs, contact our team to schedule an inspection:
Dark-brown egg casings
Dark droppings that look similar to ground coffee
Musty odor near drains, cupboards, and other secluded spaces
Like the pests discussed in the previous three sections, ants have a difficult time thriving once summer transitions into fall and the temperature begins to drop. New Hampshire is home to several different kinds of ants, but carpenter ants are by far the most destructive and worrisome species that could take up residence in your property.
Carpenter ants can be difficult to spot due to the fact that they often make their way inside through small cracks and crevices before nesting inside of walls and other sealed-off areas. However, there are a few subtle signs to watch for this fall:
Piles of wood shavings in secluded areas
Winged ants crawling out of floorboards, walls, and other indoor areas
Shed wings near windows, doors, vents, and other access points
Subtle rustling noises in walls and woodwork
Rake and Dispose of Leaves as Soon as Possible
Is there anything quite as picturesque as a pile of fiery red, orange, and yellow leaves on a crisp fall afternoon? We’ll leave the ultimate verdict up to you while recommending that you take a picture instead of leaving the pile in your yard for more than a few days. Leaves provide all of the pests discussed above — as well as many others — with shelter and can bring them into close proximity with your home. Once that shelter has been disposed of, they’ll come looking for another place to take refuge.
On a related note, keep the rest of your landscape maintained to deter pests. Make sure that you’ve cleared leaves and other debris from your gutters; winterize your barbeque and clean it thoroughly; and if you plan to enjoy fires that require real wood, be sure to store the lumber at least 20 feet away from your home.
Winterize Your Property
Although there are still several months before the first day of winter, it’s never too early to winterize your property and ensure that it’s protected from both pests and energy loss
Start by examining your home’s exterior for any areas that could provide pests with easy access to your home. Look for cracks, crevices, and other openings that could provide unhindered access to heat, food, and water. Fill and repair any openings you discover. If you have larger gaps and openings that can’t be filled with caulk or fixed with a new screen, steel wool can act as an effective short-term fix that prevents pests from entering. However, keep in mind that steel wool won’t protect you from heat loss. Ultimately, investing in whatever it takes to properly seal your home will protect you from pests and reduce the amount of heat you consume when you turn your furnace on!
Inspect Secluded Areas
As you can see from the discussion above, many of the most common pests we treat during the fall season take refuge in secluded areas that aren’t frequently used. It’s always a good idea to inspect your basement, crawl space, attic, and other less frequently used areas of your home to look for anything out of the ordinary. Keep an eye out for all of the common signs of the pests discussed above and, if something doesn’t look right, you can always contact our team to schedule an inspection. Here at Anchor Pest Services, we believe that it’s always best to err on the side of caution
You shouldn’t have to pay in order to keep pests from making your home their own. Look for a company that offers free, no-risk estimates that allow you to understand both the extent of the problem as well as the available options.
Pest control is like any other service — you deserve to work with friendly and helpful staff members who take the time to understand your needs and answer any questions you have. If you don’t feel like a company cares, it’s time to move on.
Make sure that you understand exactly what you’re paying for when you sign a contract. The best pest control companies will provide you with a clear and transparent quote that doesn’t include hidden charges or fees.
The only thing worse than having pests in your home is having them return once you’ve already paid for pest control services. Look for a company like Anchor Pest Services that offers a pest-free guarantee on every job.