Many North Carolinians welcome the fall season to relieve them of the heat and humidity found along the Eastern Coast.

September 28, 2019, is National North Carolina Day! A day to celebrate what makes NC special.

There are many wonderful things unique to North Carolina, which, unfortunately, also include pests. For a list of interesting bugs found in NC, see our Most Notorious Bugs Ebook.

As we transition from summer to fall, pests are transitioning too. Colder weather drives insects to find shelter in your homes.

These are the most common pests you’ll find in North Carolina in the fall.

  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Spiders
  • Cockroaches

Fall is the perfect time for preventative pest maintenance. Here are some tips to help keep pests out of your home this fall season.

Maintain Your Yard

Dead leaves, overgrown grass, and woodpiles can provide the ideal home for pests. Keeping up with yard work can be one of the best ways to prevent pests from making themselves comfortable in your space. Keep your grass mowed, stack firewood off the ground and away from the house, turn your mulch, and clean up after pets if possible to discourage pests from invading your yard and entering your home.

Check for Cracks

Fall is an important time to check for cracks, crevices, holes, and gaps in your home. Be sure to check your foundation, siding, doors, garage, floors, and attic. Repair any issues you find by caulking and weatherstripping.

Declutter Your Home

Clutter provides perfect hiding places and safe breeding spaces for rodents and insects. Decluttering will help prevent pests from hiding in your home.

Keep Up Good Cleaning Habits

Cleaning is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent pest infestation. Pests are looking for food, water, and shelter. Keeping dirty dishes out of the sink will ensure that pests don’t have access to food and water in the same place. Sweeping and mopping will prevent crumbs from attracting pests. Sealing food well and regularly taking out the trash will also help keep the critters out.

For more information about how to protect your home from pests, download our Pest-Proofing Homeowner’s Defense Guide.