Many homeowners in the Carolinas mistakenly believe that the start of the fall season means that the immediate threat of pest problems are behind them. The little-know fact is that every season is prime pest season around your home or business, but the threats and specific pests can vary depending on the weather and many other factors. Lets take a look at some of the more common pest issues that Carolina homeowners face when the weather begins to cool.
We have written blogs about this common pest before here at Nelon-Cole.com, but they absolutely fit in an article concerning common fall pests. They are known for invading homes in the fall as they seek shelter from the cooling temperatures. They don't pose a direct threat to humans but can be a nuisance and can be quite difficult to eradicate if professional pest control measures are not present.
Though there are far too many ant species to consider in the short scope of this article, ants in general can pose serious threats and cause significant damage to homes during the cooler months. Specifically, carpenter ants and odorous house ants can become more active as they forage for food before the winter months. Ant infestations can often be difficult to diagnose due to the size and their ability to remain hidden in the smallest spaces. Your Nelon-Cole pest control professional has specialized training to find the smallest signs of an ant infestation and deal with it effectively and affordably.
Of all the potential problems that cooler weather pests can cause, perhaps there is no more feared home pest than the common house mouse. Mice pose a number of specific threats to your home, including
Contamination: Mice can carry and spread diseases, and their droppings and urine can contaminate food and surfaces in your home. This poses health risks to you and your family.
Property Damage: Mice are known for gnawing on various materials, including electrical wires, insulation, and wood. This can lead to costly damage and potential fire hazards.
Nuisance: The sounds of mice scurrying in walls and ceilings can be annoying, and the presence of mice can be unsettling for many homeowners.
Increased Population: Mice reproduce quickly, and a few mice can turn into a significant infestation if not addressed promptly.
Food Contamination: Mice can get into food storage areas and contaminate your pantry items with their droppings and urine.
To help prevent issues of mice in your home, consider the following advisement points -
Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for gaps, cracks, and openings, and seal them with caulk or steel wool to prevent mice from entering.
Proper Food Storage: Store food in airtight containers to make it less accessible to mice.
Cleanliness: Keep your home clean and free of crumbs or food debris that might attract mice.
Traps and Baits: Use mouse traps and baits strategically in areas where you've seen mouse activity. Be sure to place them out of reach of children and pets.
Professional Pest Control: Your award-winning Nelon-Cole professional is standing by to take care of your mouse problem for good!
Outdoor Maintenance: Keep the area around your home clean and free of debris to discourage mice from nesting nearby.
It is important to take prompt action if you suspect a mouse infestation in your home, as mice can multiply rapidly. The sooner you address the issue, the easier it will be to control and prevent further problems.
Termites are active year-round, and fall is no exception. In addition to being perhaps the most difficult to find of the pests listed here, they also are perhaps capable of the most damage to the structure of your home, damage than can lead to thousands of dollars in repair costs. Your Nelon-Cole technician is determined to find termite issues before they can damage your home!
MOSQUITOES Most homeowners in the Carolinas don't really consider the threat of mosquitoes during the colder months, but they should! Where there is standing water, there is the potential for mosquitoe problems. Without going in the litany of potential health issues that can be caused by mosquitoes, it should be understood by homeowners that these pests are best dealt with early, as significant increases in mosquitoe populations can lead to serious problems (and itching) for the occupants of your home.
STINGING INSECTS Yes, even wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets can be particularly aggressive during the colder months. When sufficiently cold, most stinging insects can have difficulty with their flying ability, but nests can still be found in the ground (particularly true of yellowjackets) and can mean real danger for pets, young children, or unsuspecting adults just casually walking their property. Before you know it, your legs and feet could be covered with a nest of angry yellowjackets looking to protect their nest. Have your property looked over by a Nelon-Cole technician who will use their training to help spot nests before damage to your family.
Above all, it is important to stay diligent during the cooler months, and not get complacent with your pest protection. A contract with Nelon-Cole Pest Control for quarterly services will keep your home and property regularly inspected and protected from the dangers of home pests, whatever they may be! Call today and get started at 1-888-7-TheWeb. Charlotte Pest Control - Gastonia Pest Control - Asheville Pest Control - Spartanburg Pest Control - Hendersonville Pest Control - Lincolnton Pest Control