Fall is here! For many people that means cooler days, falling leaves, apple cider and pumpkins. But as the seasons change they bring a lot of things with them, including a new round of pests you need to need to be concerned about!
As summer comes to a close yellow jackets hit their peaks! This means there will be more yellow jackets out in about. They’ve lain low all spring reproducing and now they’re going to defend their nests at all costs as they multiply, so be on the lookout.
Not only are there more yellow jackets this time of year, but they also act differently than they do the rest of year when fall comes along. As the colder weather approaches they are on the search for higher energy sources of food and that means it is more likely for people to come into contact with them.
One of the biggest dangers about yellow jackets is how they build their nests. They ground them, which means that you could literally be on top of one before you even know it’s there. If you get too close then they will attack, and they’ll keep attacking until you get far enough away. So, be on the lookout. If you have some branches of trees that lay low to the ground or high mulch areas around the bases of trees you will need to be extra careful and diligent to avoid yellow jackets.
This is the time of year where other pests are going to try to get into your home too. Be on the lookout for insects such as the boxelder beetle, Asian lady bugs, brown-marmorated stink bug and the kudzu bug. They aren’t really all that harmful but can be a big annoyance. The best thing you can do to keep these bugs out of your home is to make sure you have a pest control company come out and do a perimeter spray. You’ve got to keep them out because once they’re in they are very hard to get rid of.