At Halloween, people everywhere are looking for ways to turn their home into a creepy haunted house. Maybe that’s not totally true, but many people purchase décor that appeals to the trick or treaters that visit their home on Halloween night. There are a number pests that can truly turn your home into a haunted house when that may not be the status you are trying to achieve. A-Tex Pest Management is here to talk about common Halloween pests and how you can avoid a take over in your home.
Ro Rats Come Out in the Fall?
Rats have many ties to Halloween. In fact, their association with Halloween dates back to the days of the plague. Back in the day, rats and mice carried the plague from house to house and village to village, infecting everyone they came in contact with. This was clearly before the days of pest control and the ability to stop a rat infestation dead in its tracks. As temperatures drop in autumn, rodents are driven indoors to seek warmth, food, and shelter. Rats have the ability to fit through a hole as small as a quarter which makes it easy to find a way into your home. Before you bring in those Halloween decorations this year, check the box to make sure there isn’t any sign that rats have been using those boxes as a home.
Bats are a Symbol of Halloween
The nocturnal nature of bats makes them the perfect Halloween decoration. They have been associated with vampires for centuries as well as haunted houses. They leave their nests at dusk to return just before daylight after a night of foraging for food. Bats carry a variety of diseases and rabies is at the top of that list. Leaving your attic vents and chimney openings free from screens can attract bats and create a huge mess for you.
Do Spiders Come Out on Halloween?
There’s a reason that spiders are an iconic Halloween decoration. They are most active during the fall months as they prepare to lay their eggs before winter. Luckily, there are only a few spider species that you truly have to worry about as a threat to your health, like the black widow and brown recluse. Keeping your attics, basements and garages clutter free will help you keep the spider population down in your home.
Bed Bugs Suck Your Blood
This blood sucking pest should be a headliner for Halloween, but is often overlooked. These invasive pests can thrive in more places than your bed. They may be living on furniture, behind baseboards and other tight spaces; waiting for the sun to go down and their next meal. If you are purchasing any second hand or used Halloween costumes, check them thoroughly for bed bugs before bringing them into your home. Pay close attention to the seams for any signs of cast skins or white eggs that may be found on the garments.
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You don’t want to fall victim to any of these Halloween pests, but if you do, don’t try to tackle the problem on your own. The pest control experts at A-Tex Pest Management have the training and resources to handle any pest problems you may have this fall. Call us today!