Autumn Pest Control Problems:
Wasps will still be the main pest problem in the Autumn for us at PEST UK.
Bed Bugs will probably remain at the same level with an expected increase later in the year when the bed bugs brought back in holiday suitcases for hotels at home and abroad start to be noticed. Compared to the other main biting insect pest (fleas) bed bugs are very slow developing and it is often months from the infestation being introduced to the time we are called out.
Due to their life cycle, (see previous blogs on the subject) the wasp numbers in the environment are greater in the Autumn, their feeding habits are now more likely to bring them into contact with people and the diet of ripening fruit can make them drunk and more aggressive than normal.
We deal with spiders at PEST UK in small numbers compared with other pests but in Autumn the numbers of calls increase, this is due to spider numbers peaking in the Summer and then as the days get shorter and the weather colder they move into buildings for light and warmth. The treatment we carry out for spiders is to apply a residual insecticide to walls, ceilings and around windows (internally & externally). This reduces but will not eliminate the problem.
Depending on temperature cluster flies generally appear in buildings from late September onwards. These flies are going into buildings to hibernate, not to breed or feed and are not considered a health hazard.
The other common pests in Autumn are fleas. With fleas the population peaks in the Autumn but other factors make flea calls more common at this time of year. Apart from the peaking in numbers there is the holiday situation when people return from holiday and the fleas haven’t eaten for a week and as soon as people enter a house there seems to be an explosion of fleas. Cats spend more time outside in the warmer weather and the warmth speeds up the fleas metabolism making them more hungry, with the cat not in the house then the fleas will feed on people.