Spiders, ants, bats, and other creepy crawlers may be more acceptable during October because of Halloween décor invading your doorstep, but homeowners should be on the lookout for these real-life pests this fall.
Here are a few prevention tips related to the most common Halloween real-life pests that may be lurking in the shadows of your home.
Ants are tiny insects that invade many homes and businesses throughout the year, especially in the desert climate. Ants are social insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures after the rise of flowering plants between 110-130 million years ago. There are more than 22,000 species of ants roaming every landmass of the Earth.
- Inspect your home for cracks, voids, weep-holes, or other areas ants can gain access. Seal these areas upon inspection.
- Make sure windows and doors are closed tightly
- Check brushes and shrubs to avoid contact with your house
- Don’t stack firewood, bricks, or other materials next to your house where ants can nest
- Flood unwanted colonies with club soda or white vinegar
- Use bait to deter ants from food sources
- Kill off the ant trail
- Squish the soldiers
- Keep your home clean
- Call a professional
According to the University of New Mexico, two venomous spiders reside in New Mexico, the black widow and the brown spider. The black widow has a large round midsection. Female black widows are identified with a red spot on her abdomen. Black widow bites are venomous. The symptoms of a black widow bite include muscle spasms all over the body and can be deadly if not treated within a timely manner.
- Dust and vacuum crevices and furniture
- Wear gloves when working around the perimeter of your home
- Shake shoes and clothing before wearing
- Call a professional to spray pesticide on a regular basis
- Call the New Mexico Poison Center for treatment advice: 1-800-222-1222
House mice are the most common rodents found in nooks, cracks, basements, attics, and floorboards of your home. House mice enjoy commercial establishments, open fields, farms, and desert climate where temperatures are moderate. Cold weather forces house mice from fields to shelter, in search of food and warmth. House mice originated from Asia and arrived in North America via European settlers. House mice are the most troublesome rodents in the United States and commonly found in the desert climate of Albuquerque.
- Seal cracks, doors, tiny holes
- Set traps
- Keep your home, garage, and other outbuildings clean
- Put trash cans as far as you can from food sources
- Adopt a house cat
At Pest Defense Albuquerque, we’re used to dealing with different types of ghoulish goblins. We’re happy to help you rid your home or office of these annoyances so you can have a happy, safe Halloween!
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