7 Pests that Affect Central Florida in the Fall
Fall is here, and that means some pests will start becoming a nuisance in Central Florida homes. Bugs can slip through cracks, crevices, doors, or windows in their search for warm shelter. Most of these fall pests can simply be swept back outside with a broom, but if that doesn’t work, it’s time to call the professionals!
Here are seven of the pests you could see around your house this fall.
In the fall, cluster flies may come into your home. These flies normally live outdoors, but they come indoors when the weather cools down. These large flies are sluggish, so it’s not too hard to just swat them.
- Boxelder Bugs
Female boxelder bugs can overwinter inside walls, so you may see them moving indoors in the fall. If you crush these bugs, they produce a staining dye. To avoid making a mess, you can remove them with a paper towel.
- Western Conifer Seed Bugs
Western conifer seed bugs are another pest that can overwinter indoors. Fortunately, they don’t feed or reproduce indoors, so they’re not a serious pest.
- Minute Pirate Bugs
Outdoors, minute pirate bugs may cause problems for Floridians. These insects usually feed on the aphids and mites in crop fields, but as fall arrives, they leave the fields and look for other food sources. In their travels, they could bite people.
When fall arrives, ladybugs form swarms and look for warm places to spend the winter. They tend to land on the sunny sides of buildings, and from there, look for a way inside. Sealing cracks and crevices can help keep them outdoors.
Mosquitoes stay active until temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Central Florida’s warm climate allows mosquitoes to remain a problem in the fall. Continue taking precautions like using bug repellant when you go outdoors.
Sometimes, outdoor spiders can wander indoors in their search for food or shelter. More often, the spiders you see indoors in the fall are house spiders. They’re in your house all year, but in the fall, they come out of their hiding places to look for mates.
This fall, you could see any of these seven types of bugs in and around your home. If you need help controlling them, the experts at Apex are just a phone call away.
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