What are seasonal pests?
Seasonal pests are insects that aren’t permanent pest problems in our Texas homes but that, from time to time, find their way indoors, usually to escape extreme temperatures, drought conditions, or heavy rains. Their end game is not to breed or feed, but to seek safe shelter. Common seasonal pests in our area include centipedes, crickets, earwigs, kissing bugs, millipedes, and stink bugs.
Are seasonal pests dangerous?
When we make a list of dangerous pests, occasional invaders typically aren’t on that list. Seasonal pests are annoying and unnecessary in our homes, but they usually won’t cause harm to the structure or negatively affect our health.
Some problems that seasonal pests can create include spreading bacteria to surfaces, contaminating food sources, chewing on and damaging rugs and fabrics, and staining walls and upholstered furniture with their excrement.
Since seasonal pests have such high moisture needs and are attracted to very damp areas, a large presence of these pests in or around your home could indicate leaky pipes, poor ventilation, or an overwatered lawn.
Why do I have a seasonal pest problem?
Most seasonal pests have high moisture needs and are attracted to the damp soil found around the perimeter of our homes.
The ground under our gardens, landscaping ties, trash cans and recycling bins, decks, and shrubbery can all become home to seasonal pests. When living near our homes or outbuildings, it is easy for them to migrate indoors, taking advantage of any openings they find.
Some of their most popular entry points include gaps under doors, cracks in the foundation, vents, spaces around light fixtures, and openings created by damaged weatherstripping or trim.
Where will I find seasonal pests?
Like most pests that move into our homes, seasonal pests seek out areas of the house that are dark and secluded. Seasonal pests prefer to live in areas of a home where there are high humidity levels. Basements, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and utility closets often house these pests.
Some favorite hiding spots in Texas homes include the following:
- Cardboard boxes
- Stacks of paper
- Under pieces of furniture
- Underneath rugs
- Within folded towels or linens
- In cabinets or pantries
- Behind sinks and tubs
How do I get rid of seasonal pests?
Seasonal pests are tricky to avoid. They are introduced into homes in many different ways and often overlooked until their populations are large enough to where they simply can’t be ignored. Remove seasonal pests from your Texas property with the help of a trained and experienced professional.
At Proactive Pest Services, our friendly professionals are committed to providing you with peace of mind knowing that your house won't become home to seasonal pests. We are committed to always going above and beyond to provide the most thorough and comprehensive pest services possible.
“Protecting What's Important” is our daily mission! To learn more about our residential or commercial pest control offerings, give us a call today.
How can I prevent seasonal pests in the future?
Take action to prevent problems with seasonal pests by partnering with the professionals at Proactive Pest Services and implementing our helpful prevention tips.
- Inspect your home and seal any visible cracks or gaps that will allow seasonal pests to move inside.
- Replace worn weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Remove things like logs, rocks, mulch, and landscaping ties away from the outside walls of your home where occasional invaders can hide.
- Store trash cans and recycling bins up off the ground.
- Maintain an 18-20 inch gravel barrier between your lawn and your foundation wall.
- Use dehumidifiers in damp areas of your home.
- Keep kitchens, bathrooms, basements, or crawlspaces well ventilated.
- Keep your yard free of grass piles and leaf piles.