It’s the spookiest time of year, not only because of Halloween but also because fall pests are on the move. So whether it’s roaches, spiders, mice, or another household pest that puts goosebumps on your arms, we’re sharing a comprehensive list for how to keep pests out of your house this fall.
Fall’s Creepiest Pests on Long Island
Think pests “die-off” in the fall and winter? Think again! There are a number of pests that are active on Long Island even once temperatures start dropping; in fact, some pests are MOST active this time of year!
Here’s a breakdown of some of the fall pests you may see in your Long Island home:
- Acrobat Ants
- American Dog Ticks/Wood Ticks
- American Roaches
- Bed Bugs
- Cave Crickets/Camel Crickets
- Deer Mice/White Footed Mice
- Deer Ticks
- Field Crickets
- Fruit Flies
- House Crickets
- House Mice
- Lone Star Ticks
- Norway Rats
- Oriental Roaches
- Saw-Toothed Grain Beetles
- Stink Bugs
The Scoop on Fall Pest Proofing
One critical component in preventing fall pests, along with an annual pest protection plan from Suburban Exterminating, is to do some basic pest proofing. By pest proofing, we mean doing some basic home maintenance to prevent rodents like mice, rats, squirrels, and other pests from making their way into your home. Many pests need only a tiny amount of space to gain entry into a home; as you can imagine, pests like ants need an incredibly small amount of space to make their way inside, but surprisingly, even larger pests like Norway rats only need a space about the size of a quarter in order to make their way into a house. Across the board, pests enter Long Island homes through gaps, cracks, sewer lines, drains, holes, or both wide-open or damaged windows or doors.
To pest-proof your home, pay attention to:
- Damaged screens
- Gaps or cracks in your home’s foundation
- Openings such as garage doors, pet doors, or chimneys
- Weatherstripping and door sweeps
- Utility openings where pipes and wires enter your home’s foundation and siding
- Caulk around windows and doors
- Attic, roof, and crawl space vents
Protect Your Home from Fall Pests
Dealing with unexpected fall pests can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. For help choosing an annual pest protection plan that has your home covered 24/7, 365 days of the year, call or text (631/516) 864-6900.