October is always interesting in terms of pest control. It is a kind of gateway month between the last of the warm weather and the colder winter months. It is also a time when many summer pests disappear and when some pests that were missing from summer reappear. Here is what we expect for October.
Mice, Rats, and Squirrels
There is a frenzy within the rodent communities to gather as much food as possible. Squirrels are looking for nesting sites, and that means potential to damage the roof, vents, and dormers. Expect more episodes of mice and rats indoors as the smaller rodents begin to look for winter shelter and an ongoing food source.
TIP: Check the attic for signs of mice, squirrels, rats, and small mammals such as bats.
Yellow Jackets and Hornets
October is generally the pinnacle of wasp colony production. Fall is the time of year when wasp colonies are their most extensive and also a time when many of the workers begin to die. You will likely see wasps around working, but maybe not as many. Expect in-ground hives to be aggressively defended and aerial colonies to remain active. In addition to yellowjackets and hornets, paper wasps are also more aggressive this time of year.
The Creepy Crawlies
Expect more incidents with wolf spiders and ground spiders as they look for a place to overwinter. October is also a time when it seems that every corner in your house has a long-legged cellar spider in it. You may also encounter more black widow and brown recluse spiders, especially as you move boxes, do yard work, and get ready for the holidays. Be sure to be alert for webs and also check clothing that has sat for a while undisturbed.
The Baby Wildlife
By October, this spring’s round of babies is approaching adulthood. You may encounter young adult mammals such as raccoon, skunk, and opossum. While still cute, they can be aggressive as they do not yet have all of the skills to deal with human encounters. Be sure not to corner animals as they may attack and a bite not only hurts but can also be dangerous.
October is the time when fly populations seem to disappear. Expect an ongoing battle with mosquitoes right up until it is freezing. We also say goodbye to many insects as the colder weather dominates the forecast. Sadly, fleas may appear in the last-ditch effort to find a warm, furry friend for the winter.
While October is a mixed bag, there is still time to launch a comprehensive pest control program. Give us a call to set up ongoing pest control support or to help you deal with a single pest infestation. We provide affordable and comprehensive pest control services throughout the greater Austin area.
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