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5 Signs Fall Has Arrived: Pumpkins, Leaves, Stink Bugs, and Spiders  

Termite and Pest Control Service in South Carolina and Charlotte, North CarolinaThe fall weather brings about beautiful changes in weather and in terms of the scenery. From apple cider and hay rides to pumpkins, falling leaves and spooky costumes, autumn is filled with excitement. However, not all of what the season brings is joyous, especially considering pumpkins and leaves are breeding grounds for pests. Here are five tell-tale signs that fall has arrived.

1. Stink Bugs

Stink bugs, unfortunately, are a sign of the season. These pests produce a pungent odor as a defense mechanism, and they release the same foul scent when they die. Stink bugs are brown and will consume fruits and vegetables. During the fall, stink bugs attempt to find shelter for the winter. That’s why you’ll notice these pests more inside your home or office during the fall. Stink bugs tend to enter your home or office through cracks under or behind baseboards or around the windows or door trim. It’s even possible they’ll find a way into your home around your exhaust fans or ceiling lights.

2. Spiders

With cooler weather coming, a wide variety of spiders are looking for a home for the winter. Your home will be that place if you don’t take the necessary precautions to spray in hotspot areas and seal all cracks.

3. Pumpkins and Squash

Squash and pumpkins look festive for the season. They make ideal decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but they rot and become all-you-can-eat buffets for hungry insects. If you leave your pumpkins uncut, they’ll last longer. Once you cut a pumpkin, you only have a short period of time before insects will start feasting on it. Beetles, slugs and snails favor pumpkins more than other bugs do. Squash bugs are dark to grayish brown in color, have a flat back, and have orange and black stripes around their abdomens. They find plant debris to live under during the fall and love to feast on your squash and pumpkin decorations

4. Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs look like they were meant for the Halloween season with their black and orange color scheme. These bugs consume tree leaves all spring and summer. By the time fall comes, they’re looking for a home to spend the winter and prefer homes that offer more sunlight.

5. Leaves

Piles of leaves, especially around the edges of your home, are areas insects and other pests love. The moisture is ideal for insects who thrive in wetness or they may be a food source. As leaves rot, they become even more attractive to pests. Make sure to keep leaves around your home raked.

Fall is a beautiful time, but with the beauty, comes bugs. In some instances, the leaves or vegetation of the season attract them. In other cases, you’ll find they’re trying to enter your home for shelter during the cool months. To rid your home of bugs or learn more about how to prevent them, contact us at Clark’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. today.

10 Things About Your Home That Pests Love 

Local home pest control serviceYou might think just because you keep your yard mowed that your home is free of pests. However, your home may have pests hiding where you might not see them. Here are some habits you and your family may have or aspects of your home that could be contributing to the problem.

1. Grass Clippings

Although mowing your grass may help to reduce your pest problem, unfortunately any leftover yard clippings will become havens for pests and other nuisances. Insects and other pests, especially rodents, will build nests or use the clippings to hide. If you should happen to leave grass clippings out during the colder months, these trimmings become a warm place for animals to reside. Keep in mind, your risk of pests increases the longer you leave piles of grass in your yard.

2. Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to a number of household problems such as roof damage and damage to your foundation. But did you know that the contents clogging the gutters provide mosquitoes and other pests with a paradise because of the moisture and cover it supplies? If your gutters are clogged, it reduces the amount of water that can drain from your roof. As the water accumulates in your gutters, it attracts mosquitoes and other wildlife. Mosquitoes, in particular, only need a one-half inch of water to breed.

3. Wood Piles

Wood creates a hotel for critters, especially if you have a huge pile of logs. Small animals can hide underneath logs, while termites may move in to consume the wood.

4. Clutter

Your home doesn’t have to be filthy to attract bugs and rodents. You don’t have to have food lying around either. Insects are often attracted to piles of clutter because it provides them a place where they can hide.

5. Cracks Around Your Home

Cracks around your doors and windows are prime areas for insects and small rodents to enter. Make sure you seal areas around doors and windows to help keep out pests. You should also evaluate the foundation and walls for cracks where animals could potentially enter. Additionally, take the time to examine utility lines, plumbing and appliance vents for cracks. Sealing your home helps you save energy while also helping to protect your home from invaders.

6. Plumbing

Leaking pipes and dripping faucets can cause water buildup. Any plumbing that is not working correctly can contribute to mosquitoes and other pests making their way into your home because the moisture is where certain creatures thrive.

7. Outdoor Pet Dishes

If you have a water or food dish for your pet outdoors, even if they are under a covered area, they are probably attracting bugs. Pests often flock to open food and water sources.

8. Rotted Fascia or Shingles

If you have shingles or a fascia that have damage or are even rotting, you have an area that could be prone to pests.

9. Poor Drainage

Anywhere in your yard that doesn’t have adequate drainage will have puddles of water, ideal for pests. Your yard should be landscaped so that water flows downward without puddling.

10. Dirty Dishes

Last, but certainly no least, dirty dishes left in the sink are a place where pests flock to. This is also something that many homeowners struggle to keep under control. The moisture combined with leftover food particles, no matter how small they may be, offers an easy food and water source to pests of all kinds. Make sure to keep your sink dish-free and as clean as possible.

To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Clark’s Pest Control today!