As the weather changes in the fall, New Jersey homeowners face different pests that are more likely to intrude in colder weather. Fall pests in the Monmouth and Ocean County area include a variety of crawling and flying bugs and vermin—some which you can try to control on your own, and some presenting infestations that call for NJ pest control services.
Here are the species of fall pests to look for in NJ:
- Stink bugs. These annoying insects go dormant in the winter, so they come inside during the fall for shelter. Swatting them releases an unpleasant smell, hence the name.
- Spiders. In a garden, spiders can be a blessing in your garden, but nobody likes them inside. Besides common house spiders, more dangerous species like the brown recluse and black widow can be found in the area. Call for pest control if you spot one!
- Boxelder bugs. These tree-eating insects are black with orange-red outlining on their backs. Boxelder bugs don’t attack or carry diseases but they eat plants and their droppings can stain certain surfaces.
- Cluster flies. These large flies with yellow furry hairs tend to become an invasive nuisance in the fall.
- Rodents. Mice and other small mammals begin looking for winter homes. Seal all openings that you can and put birdseed and pet foods in airtight containers, and call for pest control when necessary.
Be prepared to call Allison Pest Control if you spot these autumn invaders. Even homeowners who rarely have pest problems may suddenly face an infestation as these creatures come inside to avoid the colder weather.