October Pest Outlook 2020
The October pest outlook for the greater Bryan, Texas area remains the same. Expect the weather to hold to the warmer to mild throughout October, and that means an extended pest season, especially when talking about insect pests. Rodents remain a year-round pest but during the fall months tend to become more so. The dip in weather and the lack of available forage food drive rodents indoors. Here’s our forecast for October pest issues.
Expect more mice to find their way indoors this October. As we move closer to winter, the drive to find a warm place to overwinter that has both access to food and water spur mice and other rodents into our homes.
The later warm weather means squirrels are going to hibernate later this year. The curious little creatures will forage for food close to homes, which means potential damage to yards and structures. In early October, be sure to walk around your house and inspect the eaves and soffit vents. Look for damaged screening that might allow a squirrel to gain access to the attic or wall space. Also, check chimney and roof vents to make sure their screens are in good repair. The last thing you want this winter is a squirrel living in your walls.
During September and early October, there is plenty of food outside for most species of cockroach. With the impact on restaurants and other eateries due to COVID-19, cockroaches that would generally thrive outdoors are moving indoors to find food and shelter. By nature, cockroaches are wanderers, and they will take up residence anywhere that they have ample food supplies. Males tend to be more adventurous, especially during mating season.
Nothing loves a warm day like a snake. With the more extended warm season, expect snakes to den later, which means more potential for encounters with the slithering creatures. Snakes are generally not a threat unless they are vipers. Texas has only five or so species of vipers, but they are nearly everywhere. It is not unthinkable to encounter a rattlesnake in Bryan or College Station. If you do encounter a snake and need it removed, give us a call. We have the experience and tools to remove snakes quickly and affordably safely.
Generally, when the weather turns colder, wildlife like raccoons tend to den and stay there. They don’t hibernate, but spend the colder months secluded and giving birth to young. You may see more wildlife around your house or signs that they have been there. Make sure the garbage is secure and that you bring in pet food dishes after outdoor pets have eaten. Extra food is almost a guarantee that wildlife will visit your front door. Skunks, raccoons, possums, and coyotes are all likely suspects. Keeping available food at a minimum is an easy way to help prevent encounters with wildlife.
For pest prevention and control, give us a call. We provide comprehensive pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station communities. We offer one-time emergency pest control service calls or proactive prevention; try our monthly subscription for pest control around your home or business.