There are pests that thrive in our moderate San Antonio, TX temperatures due to our hot summers, cool winters and rainy springs. Because pests thrive, they will be abundant in the fall. The fall season brings cooler temperatures and climate changes and pests are seeking shelter. You can have run ins with them in your kitchen, bathrooms or anywhere else in your home.
Cockroaches, Wasps & Other Autumn Insects
Cockroaches are the most common household pests and are active all year long but kick it into high gear in the fall when they are looking for a warm place to mate. Cockroaches are very sneaky and incredibly filthy. People with asthma or other chronic illnesses can be at risk as they can carry disease. They will hide in bathrooms, under sinks, inside cabinets and many other places. You can get a good idea where they are at night when you turn on the lights and they scurry. Cockroaches are able to live for long periods of time without food and will rest in one spot not moving for several hours. They will feed at night and eat almost anything. Seeing one cockroach means there are more you don’t see. They are extremely resilient, living up to three months without food. If you don’t take the proper steps to control them, your home can quickly become infested. Stinging pests like hornets and other wasps are very active in the fall and many of us can have an allergic reaction from a sting that can be deadly. Wasps and hornets are social insects. Some wasps are aggressive and will sting if threatened and are capable of stinging multiple times. If you see wasps and/or hornets flying around and the observance of nests, you may have a problem.
Black Widow, Brown Recluse & Other Spiders in Fall
Many spiders begin breeding in the fall such as the black widow spider. If you notice black widow webs around your home is best to remove them during the fall to prevent them from making their way inside. They are not as feisty as their reputation suggests but will become more active in order to mate and more willing to attack to defend eggs. Brown recluse spiders have a necrotic venom. The bite of a brown recluse can cause minor localized pain to severe lesions and systemic reactions that can include renal failure, and may even cause kidney failure, coma and death. The affected area of a bite can destroy soft tissue and can take months to heal. Because there is no known anti-venom it’s imperative to take measures of controlling them.
Fall is Rat & Mice Rodent Season
Mice and rats will be more visible when the weather gets cooler and they start looking for shelter. They are able to get through spaces that are smaller than them as they can compress their bodies very easily. Once inside, they will seek out areas to nest and will chew their way through wood or almost anything else to get to a warm place. One they start breeding you can have a full blown infestation in very little time while possibly causing a lot of property damage.