Fall is almost here which means winter is right around the corner. It’s time to get outside one last time and make sure your landscape is ready for winter. This also goes for home maintenance. The fall weather makes it a great time to get on your roof and make any necessary repairs before the arrival of fall pests. Once the weather starts to cool off, pests start to look for ideal places to spend the winter. If you don’t want them to choose your house, then follow these fall maintenance tips.
In the fall, certain insects like to gather on the sunny sides of buildings in order to stay warm and prepare to search for overwintering sites. Sometimes these pests will find their way into your home. These are the three most common fall pests in Georgia.
Native to Asia, stink bugs spend the summer feeding on garden plants. In the fall they can be seen crawling around your windows if your home isn’t secure. Stink bugs give off a foul odor when squished.
Kudzu bugs are a relatively new species in Georgia. They were first discovered in 2009 after it was imported from Asia. Kudzu bugs are small brownish-green beetles and actually belong to the stinkbug family. Which means, yes, they also stink when stepped on. They will start seeking out overwintering spots starting in October.
Asian lady beetles are not the ladybugs we know. These insects were intentionally imported from Asia to control aphids on farms. They have since spread throughout the country and can become a particular nuisance in the fall when they get inside your house.
Believe it or not, the real secret to keeping fall pests out is to make sure that your home is properly maintained and in good shape.
Pests are attracted to leaves, mulch, wet soil, and other organic materials. This is why it’s important to clean up your yard in the fall. Remove all leaves and make sure all grass clippings are picked up or moved at least twenty feet away from your house. Many insects use these areas as overwintering spots. You don’t want them to find an even better spot inside the comfort of your home.
You might be looking forward to curling up with a good book in front of a fire but not so fast. Before you bring that wood in and set it beside your fireplace, remember that ants, termites, and other pests overwinter inside old logs. You could be unintentionally bringing an infestation into your home. Always burn firewood that you bring into the house and store firewood outside at least twenty feet away from your home and other buildings.
Insects and rodents have a very acute sense of smell. Oftentimes, pests enter our homes because they smell our delicious treats and snacks. You can add another layer of security by storing your food in plastic air-tight containers. This will keep pantry pests like moths and ants out.
Go around your house and pay attention to cracks and if you need to apply new caulk. Check your screens and vents for rips or tears and make repairs where needed. Squirrels and mice can fit through the tiniest openings between boards and trim so repair any rotting wood or missing boards.
Because of our warm climate, mosquito season lasts a bit longer in Georgia. Luckily, there are steps you can take to control mosquitoes in your yard. Mosquitoes need standing water in order to lay their eggs. All you need to do is eliminate all standing water from your yard and you will deny mosquitoes a place to breed. Sounds easy right? Make sure you walk around your yard after it rains and check-in on all objects that can retain water and dump it out. This goes for wheelbarrows, old tires, ditches, gutters, trash cans, flower pots, toys, lawn furniture, and birdbaths.
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