As the weather changes this fall, pest behaviour changes as well. Be on the lookout for visible signs that spiders, ants, mice, and other critters are adapting to the new season. If it gets to be more than you can manage, don’t hesitate to make an appointment for professional pest control in Toronto.
Spiders Looking for a Mate
While having the occasional spider around your property will reduce the mosquito population and take care of other insects, having too many spiders is an unpleasant nuisance. In the fall, male spiders begin to hunt for female partners. The summer abundance of wasps and birds will keep male spiders in hiding, but as the weather cools and their predators dissipate, you will see more spiders roaming around.
Most spiders like to stay outdoors because they’re afraid of humans, but indoors you may occasionally see American house spiders, cellar spiders, domestic house spiders, and cupboard spiders. They usually won’t live for very long because they die after they reproduce. Most are nonpoisonous, but if you see several brown recluses or black widows, reach out to us for residential pest control.
Ants Looking For Food
Ants are a different story. They are not afraid of humans, and they will relentlessly seek the nearest food source. As the weather gets wetter and colder, they will move indoors, where they are likely to find food more easily. Because of the rain and drop in temperatures, their regular habitat and food sources may be compromised. They will forage near your home looking for pet foods, garbage, sweets, and any crumbs you leave behind.
Fall is the ideal time to set up traps for ants. High-quality traps will fool them and keep them from getting into your pantry or cupboards. Trust a professional to know the most strategic place to install these traps to remove the most ants possible while not interrupting your daily routines.
Mice Looking for a Home
Mice are looking for warm, dry protection and food sources as they begin to come in from the cold. Their usual summer diet of berries and seeds will be withering, so they will look elsewhere. They also need to raise their young in a safe environment, so your basement, attic, or closet looks attractive to them.
Mice can enter your home through a gap the size of a dime. Check your window frames, soffits, door jambs, and air vents. Once inside, mice build cozy nests to nurse their young and ride out the winter. If you don’t take action, they will stay around indefinitely. This could lead to them chewing up wires, insulation, and wood beams, and leaving their droppings behind, which spread viruses.
Four Seasons Pest Control in Toronto
Other pests you may contend with during the fall include cockroaches, bees, and wasps. Our technicians know how to eliminate each of these pests with each passing season so you don’t have to worry.
Let us help you be proactive rather than reactive. Once the animals are inside your home, you’ve already lost! If we can outfit your home with prevention strategies, it will save you time and frustration. Specifically, we will:
- Use high-quality materials and environmentally sound practices.
- Keep your pets and children safe.
- Anticipate the reproductive cycle of unwanted creatures and treat them accordingly.
- Inspect your home for entry points and fully communicate all findings.
- Systematically remove all pests, their nests, and droppings.
- Repair any damaged part of your home.
- Seal the previous entry points to prevent future infestations.
If this sounds like something you need, make an appointment today. We want to help you get back to your normal routine and enjoy a pest-free home.