Three Fall Pests Almost Every Bryan Home Has
Fall pests are opportunist that care little about who you are or where you live. What they want is a place to overwinter, raise their young, and have access to food and water with little risk or predation. Bryan and College Station homes and apartments fit the bill nicely. Here’s our list of the three fall pests that are most likely to invade your space
- Mice – Up to 40 Babies Each Year
Mice are common home pests and once they are established they breed like crazy. Mice are one of the more opportunistic pests and one of the rodents that’s evolution is such that it is adapting to live with humans. Mice are, however, destructive. They:
- Ruin food by gnawing into packaging and consuming your food
- Stain clothing, wood, and other household objects with their urine, which also causes an odor issue.
- Their feces can spread disease including – Hantavirus and Hemorrhagic Fever
- They are carriers of other pests such as fleas which can spread other disease such as plague
Fall is one of the most active periods throughout the year for mice to invade homes. They are looking for shelter that keeps them dry and free of predation.
- Hemipterans – Stink bugs, Assassin bugs, Kissing Bug, Milkweed Bug, and others
Hemipterans are true bugs. They have a straw-like mouth part that can inflict a painful bite to which many people have an allergic reaction. The pain level from their bite is on par with being stung by a yellowjacket or wasp. These are common insects that you find around your yard during spring and summer, but come fall, they want a warm place to overwinter. Your house fits the bill and you will find hemipterans such as stink bugs crawling on your walls and floors as soon as the weather starts to cool. They won’t eat your food and are not likely to cause a mess, but their bite is painful, and a few species of hemipterans are known to spread disease such as chargas disease.
- Birds – Pidgeon, sparrow, and dove
This is the time of year where many species of birds migrate from the colder northern areas to the warmer southern areas and Bryan, Texas is a very suitable climate for migratory birds. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas is a destination for around 340 migratory birds.
Some birds are perfect for your yard. Those include hummingbirds, which are not pests. Others, are lovely to watch, but not with which to live. Species of Pidgeon are one such bird. Pest birds can get into your attic where they make noise, cause damage from their feces, and can increase your risk of fire if they build nests around wiring. Many birds simply want a place to nest and they will build nests in the eaves of your roof and then cause a mess with their droppings. Birds are known to carry disease, such as bird flu, which can be transmitted to humans.
Your house is your home and if you’d prefer not to share it with pests, reach out to our professionals. We help homeowners, business owners, and renters throughout the Bryan and College Station area live pest free.