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Fall Invader Identification & Prevention

What are fall invaders?

Fall invaders are those pests that spend most of the year outside, but when the weather cools in the fall, they move inside to escape the upcoming cold weather or while chasing their prey. Unfortunately, fall invaders usually choose our homes as their overwintering spot. In New York, species of fall invaders that become a problem for homeowners include house spiders and stink bugs.

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Are fall invaders dangerous?

Fall invaders pose no real threat to people but are annoying to deal with each year when the fall season rolls back around. They are mainly considered nuisance pests. The house spider is not a dangerous species of spider because their venom is not strong enough to cause health problems in people. Inside our homes, stink bugs are troublesome pests because they create a foul odor that can be overwhelming.

Why do I have a fall invader problem?

Many fall invaders like to use our homes and other buildings as overwintering sites. In the late fall, pests like stink bugs gather on the warm sunny sides of houses. As they move up the walls, they find their way in through cracks and other openings in its exterior walls and around windows or doors. Spiders are fall invaders that don’t necessarily move inside to escape the winter weather, but rather to follow their overwintering prey.

Where will I find fall invaders?

When fall invaders move inside our homes, they hide in dark, hard to reach, low traffic areas. Fall pests that are overwintering live in attics, crawlspaces, wall voids, and under floors. They also hide in doorways, window frames, closets, bathrooms, and basements.

How do I get rid of fall invaders?

Let the professionals at Old School Pest Control get rid of fall invaders from your New York property. We put our customers first and will take the time to get to the root of your pest problem. Our pest solutions work to eliminate existing pests and will protect your New York property from them in the future.

We are a local company and have a good understanding of the pest pressures home and business owners face each day in and around Saratoga County. If you are ready to learn more about protecting your New York residential or commercial property from fall invaders, reach out to Old School Pest Control today!

How can I prevent fall invaders in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, prevent problems with fall pests by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Caulk any cracks or other openings in your foundation and exterior walls.

  • Repair holes found along the roofline, and fix roof damage.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Place mesh covers over vents leading into your house.

  • Use dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from your home.

  • Cut back shrubs, bushes, and other dense vegetation away from the outside of your home.

  • Quickly sweep away webs that spiders create in your home.

  • Keep storage areas in your house where fall invaders can hide free of clutter and debris.


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