Common Fall Pests in Sevierville, Tennessee
(Serving Sevierville, Knoxville, Blount, and Surrounding Tennessee Areas)
Posted on October 05, 2022, By All About Bugs TN Pest Control | Common Fall Pests and Prevention
Common Fall Pests in Sevierville, Tennessee, and Prevention are covered in this article.
Fall is Finally Here!
Unquestionably, summer has ended in Sevierville, Tennessee. You can feel the chill of evening temperatures, and the day temperatures have dropped too.
You may even hear a sigh of relief from those who think the battle against troublesome summer pests is over. Although the summer bug battle has ended, it’s time to prepare for a new fight for the fall season.
All About Bugs TN Preventative Suggestions and List of Common Fall Pests in Sevierville, TN.
In the fall, it’s common to deal with pests that prepare to become dormant. These critters stock up on food stores, mate, and look for a new winter home.
Some pests you may see as temperatures in Sevierville, Tennessee, plummet are:
Common Fall Pests #1
Boxelder bugs are a common fall pest in Sevierville, TN. If you see one Boxelder in your home, there is a chance that hundreds more will join them. Again, these pests love to invade your home to wait out the winter cold.
The Boxelder tree is the primary home for these pests. In addition, Boxelders love debris, wood piles, loose siding, and loose tree bark to hide out in.
Removing landscaping remains from around your home can reduce boxelder bug invasions.
Boxelder bugs are recognized by their black backs with reddish or orange markings. Approximately half an inch long, adult boxelder bugs have a somewhat flattened and elongated oval body shape.
For the most part, Boxelder bugs have six legs and two antennae half the length of their bodies.
Common Fall Pest #2
Asian Lady Beetle
The Asian Lady Beetle is often confused for ladybugs. This could be because they look similar. Also, Asian Lady Beetles are a species of ladybugs.
Asian Beetles and Ladybugs differ in size, shape, and facial markings. While Ladybugs have a bright red color with black spots, Asian beetles vary from a red to an orange color. In addition, if you look closely enough, Asian beetles have longer bodies than ladybugs.
The following chart provides a few more variances.
What are the differences between Asian Beetles and Ladybugs?
Similar measures help prevent Asian Lady Beetles, Stink Bugs, and Boxelder Bugs from invading your home.
- Seal off any openings where bugs will enter your home. These openings include cracks around windows, doors, pipes, siding, behind chimneys, and anywhere else there is an opening that provides easy access inside your home.
- Replace or repair damaged window screens.
- Replace window and door weatherstripping.
Asian Lady Beetle preventative measures also include:
- Planting mums in your garden or around your home. Mum plants are not a favorite of Asian Lady Beetles, so they will avoid them at all costs.
- Citrusy sprays detour Asian Lady Beetles from entering your home. Make a spray with orange or lemon essential oil diluted with water. Spray around your windows and doors.
Common Fall Pests #3
Stink bugs are another common pest that looks for warm places to overwinter. However, a stink bug problem can begin in March or April. Stink bugs emit a terrible smell when they are scared or squished (hence their name!)
Identifying characteristics of a stink bug would be their stripe running from their shoulders to their abdomens, as well as their five-sided bodies.
Common Fall Pests #4
Although many believe mosquitos are more active in the summer, they are more involved in the early fall. This is because the weather is colder, and more standing pools of water are around for them to breed in.
As you prepare for fall activities, you should be aware of what attracts mosquitos so you can take steps to protect your family from their bothersome stings. To see our previous article about mosquitos, click here.
Common Fall Pests #5
Finally, rodents are another common fall pest in Sevierville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas.
As the harvest season ends, field mice become more active and can become a home-invasive nuisance.
Food sources attract these pests. Holes in food storage containers and bags inside your pantry are indicators that you have some type of rodent infestation.
You can imagine how frustrating it would be to discard food after an expensive grocery store visit. Even more disturbing, your food is contaminated because it is in the same vicinity as the urine and droppings from these nasty rodents.
Here are some disturbing facts about mice to keep in mind:
- The gestation period of mice is only 19 to 21 days.
- A female mouse can propagate immediately after giving birth.
- Mice reproduce up to ten times in one year!
- Mice litters (up to 14 pups) can be born within 25 days of each other.
If you are wondering about rats, they multiply quickly and are a common fall pest. Adult female rats produce an average of 40 babies per year and can conceive within 48 hours of giving birth.
With all this said, the fall season in Sevierville, Tennessee, can be pleasant and beautiful. You don’t want a pest problem to destroy the fun.
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