Fall and Winter Pest Forecast for Memphis

Top 4 Pests You Should Be Aware of For Fall

Updated December 2019

Although most people think of summer as peak pest problem season, many Memphis residents don’t realize is cooler weather brings more fall and winter pests.

As the days get shorter and the temperatures lower, insects and rodents look for a warm place to stay. If you’re not careful, these pests may choose your home as their cozy winter habitat.

Rascally Rodents and Unwanted Animals

It’s common for rats, mice, and squirrels to congregate in attics during the winter months. As the heat rises, attics tend to be the warmest location in the house and offer plenty of room to roam or sleep in the insulation — hence the rise in roof rats.

Rodents love having access to lots of materials to chew on. They chew on things constantly to keep their teeth from growing too long. This can be a danger to homes when chewing on wires can cause house fires.

Rodents often bring other problems into your home as well. They are carriers of disease and could make your family sick. Rats and mice carry several diseases which can spread to humans by contact with their urine, feces, or saliva. In addition, rodents can be hosts to other pests such as fleas, lice, and ticks. These pests could cause further issues in your home and may aid in spreading diseases to humans.

While raccoons or opossums aren’t considered rodents, they are definitely pests and may find their way inside your home to live in your attic, basement, or walls. Raccoons are concerning because they can be aggressive and may carry rabies and other diseases.

Intuitive Insects

  • Ants: Ants can be a year-round problem but often get worse in the fall when they enter homes in search of food.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches are a year-round problem and are one of the more dangerous pests. They have the potential to spread up to 33 different kinds of bacteria and can trigger asthma and allergic reactions.
  • Mosquitos: While you may think mosquitoes will go away once summer is over, they remain a force to be reckoned with well into the fall. They’re known for leaving itchy welts on people and animals.
  • Spiders: In the winter, spiders can enter the house on firewood or through holes in ripped screens or gaps in siding. Spiders look for a warm place to winter over and will spin nests indoors to find flying insects.
  • Stinkbugs: These odorous pests are more common in the fall. They aren’t dangerous but can be annoying and leave a nasty odor if frightened, disturbed, or squished. Their droppings can also damage fabrics.

Preventing Fall and Winter Pest Invasions

Pest management in a year-round process. To prepare your home to avoid fall and winter pest invasions, consider these pest prevention tips:

  • Seal any cracks in the foundation, siding, and around windows.
  • Fix or replace screen doors or windows in need of repair.
  • Store food in sealed, airtight containers.
  • Clean and sanitize the kitchen and bathrooms often.
  • Eliminate standing water near your home.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back away from your home.
  • Store firewood on an elevated surface away from your home.

Do you need professional help with fall or winter pests in Memphis? Call the experts at Inman-Murphy Termite & Pest Control. We offer professional pest control services for any pest issue you’re facing. Contact us for a free estimate today.

Winter Pest Control Tips in Memphis

winter pest control tips for Memphis residents

When it’s cold outside and warm indoors, you can be sure your home will be inviting to all of the pests and rodents looking for shelter.

Cold weather conditions bring inside rodents, silverfish, spiders, cockroaches, and fleas. Pests can also be brought inside on plants, food products, firewood, and other items. Rainfall and moisture will continually aggravate ant colonies throughout the winter, forcing ants to seek dry ground indoors. Moisture can also promote pest reproduction and accelerate growth, thus increasing the need for pest control service maintenance.

The key to keeping your home pest-free* during the dead of winter is to inspect for pests that are trying to find a safe, warm place to hide during the cold months.

What can you do?

  1. Seal cracks, crevices, and areas where utilities enter the house. Generally tighten up and secure your house—go around the perimeter of your home and search for gaps and holes where critters and bugs could easily enter your property. Don’t forget to inspect all around the inside perimeter of your home too. Move furniture from the walls and check along the baseboards—if there are any holes or entrance points make sure to seal and caulk to ensure a strong defense against any pests trying to make their way in. Also, look in cabinets, behind appliances (as much as possible), and especially around windows and doorways.
  2. Stack firewood away from your home. Winter in Memphis often calls for a nice fire—if you have a fireplace at home and keep firewood handy, make sure to keep it a good distance from your home. Try to keep at least 20 feet between firewood piles and your home—stacked firewood is an inviting home for bugs to overwinter, and the closer it is to your house, the more inviting your home will be to those pests. Also, don’t bring your firewood in your home until you are ready to burn it—insects get into the crevices of the wood and will happily infest your house if you let them.
  3. Repair leaking pipes and other areas where excess water may build up. Go throughout your house and look for leaks—especially in bathrooms and basements (don’t forget your attic too). Moisture attracts a variety of Memphis pests and more importantly, can lead to home and property damage if not taken care of.
  4. Clear clutter in areas like the garage and basement that could harbor pests. If you haven’t done so already, go all around your property and inside your garage and clear up clutter. Spiders and rodents especially will make themselves at home wherever you have clutter creating warm and dry safe spaces.

Home maintenance is essential to keeping a comfortable home for you and your family over the winter—and proper pest management is a key component for winterizing your home.

If you let pest control get away from you this season and you find yourself with a rodent or bug problem—contact Inman-Murphy for your Memphis and Mid South pest prevention needs—we can handle all of your Winter pest control services. Call 901-388-0852