The October 2021 Pest Outlook for Bryan Texas
The Early fall weather looks to remain warm and mild with a bit of rain. Those conditions throw pest populations into high gear as they signal the end of harvest and the beginning of colder weather. Would you please keep reading to discover our predictions for October pest issues for 2021?
Prepare for Rodent Invasions
If they have not already, expect an influx of rodents looking for shelter and a place to store their food cache. Outbuildings, such as your garage and sheds, are prime locations. Inside the house, the kitchen and attic and the subflooring and subceiling spaces are prime spots for mice and rats.
If you have not ventured into the attic space for a while, now is the time to do so. Look for signs of mice and rats or potentially larger animals such as squirrels. Bats are another critter that likes to roost in the attic space of homes.
We do attic inspections; if you don’t have time or want to venture into the attic; Give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Stink Bugs on The Move
Fall is a time when stink bug populations are at their peak. Many will try to overwinter by finding shelter that protects them from the cold. As a result, you may find stink bugs moving into your home. Sometimes it is just a few of them, and in some locations, it can be by the swarm.
You might think these unaggressive minor bugs are not a big problem. However, they have a piercing-sucking mouth with a dagger-like proboscis. Their bite is excruciating and can cause massive swelling to the bite area. The swelling is not from venom but an allergic reaction to secretion in their mouth.
Stink bugs belong to the order of insects called Hemiptera. Other species of this order are predatory bugs, and the bite from most of the other members of this order causes the same type of injury.
Right now is the best time to reduce the population of Hemiptera. So if you notice stink bugs on your window screen, give us a call.
Wild Life Abounds
Fall is also a time when there are more wildlife encounters. Not all wild animals hibernate, but many do den up for the winter. Raccoons, skunk, possum are a few mammals that stay in their dens for most of the winter. They will venture out on occasion, but the females give birth and stick close to home.
There is a great urgency for them to find extra food during the fall months and pack on the fat for winter. So you may see them in the garbage cans, on the porch eating the cat’s food, or rooting around looking for grubs.
Wild animals may also try to dig dens under outbuildings or your home. For example, some species dig into garage space or the attic.
For all of your fall and winter pest control needs, give us a call. We have the tools and experience to safely and expertly remove pest issues from your home or business.