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Common Pests to Look Out For This Fall

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Ask anyone what their favorite season is, and chances are, the majority will say “fall” without hesitation. The leaves are changing, football season has commenced, and the weather is starting to cool down. The threat of mosquito bites is fading away, and one would think that bugs in the house should be less of a problem. However, you might be surprised to find that pests don’t pack up and leave when Summer ends. In fact, some even use this time to move into your home!

Maryland Pest Patrol

While the cooler weather does knock out some warm-weather pests, there are many pests that still linger. Often, these unwanted visitors find their way into your home through small, unnoticeable cracks and crevices, hiding away in the warmth to survive. We’ve compiled a list of some common fall pests in Maryland that may be lurking too close for comfort this season:

Stink Bugs

If you’ve ever squished one by accident, you know how they got their name! Stink bugs are surprisingly sneaky and are capable of leaving an invisible scent trail to lead other stink bugs to shelter.  

Boxelder Bugs

These insects are very commonly found in areas containing boxelder, ash, or oak trees. They cannot survive in the winter, so during this time of year they gather together and attempt to find shelter--sometimes finding their way indoors.

Ladybugs

Although they’re harmless, ladybugs can secrete a yellow liquid capable of staining fabrics in your home. They prefer the warmer indoor temperatures during the fall, making your home the perfect safe-haven.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets build their homes in the ground or holes in walls and buildings. They can work their way into your living space if you’re not careful. If you see any signs of yellow jackets in your home - especially after the first frost - this means you most likely have a nest in one of the walls of your home. You don’t want to find out how painful their stings are!

Ants

The truth about ants is this: if there is food, they will come. Regardless of the time of year, it’s essential to keep your home (especially the kitchen) free of food crumbs and dirty dishes to avoid an unsettling infestation.

Rodents

Rodents like mice and rats are some of the most dangerous fall pests because they seek shelter and warmth in basements and attics. They tend to chew on anything they can find, posing a threat to electrical wires and other elements inside your home. A professional exterminator is the best way to remove these critters for good and prevent future infestations.

If you spot any of these pests inside your home this season, don’t panic! Take precautions by sealing up any cracks or crevices that are accessible to pests, and keep your kitchen clean of exposed food. For professional pest prevention and extermination give us a call at 410-782-3552 and we will give you peace of mind! We can help protect your home in any season!

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