The autumn weather in Germany is slowly gaining ground and numerous pests are penetrating apartments and houses.
Autumn brought very moderate weather for Germany. While the comparatively cold October did not provide the basis for an all too enjoyable “Golden Autumn”, November is in some cases clearly too warm. For the end of November, however, meteorologists expect the weather to collapse with rainfall and falling temperatures. For house owners, tenants and property managers, the following applies: in the near future not only the cold will have to be kept outside, but also insects and pests that seek warmth and shelter in houses.
Which Pests Occur More Frequently In Autumn?
In the northern hemisphere, the number of wasps and flies is declining noticeably with the end of summer. As temperatures drop, the time of common household pests such as rats, mice or fleas begins. They look for food and protection from the cold. Rats, for example, are very skilled at crawling up rough surfaces. Mice can even get into their homes through pencil-thick holes. Cockroaches usually get into the house through pipe systems, while birds prefer the chimney of the house as Nistplatz.
You must expect these pests in autumn:
- Pigeons / Shad birds
10 Tips To Prevent Pests In Autumn
Below are some of the common problem areas where pests can make life difficult for you in autumn and winter. We will show you why you should pay special attention to pest infestation and give you tips on how to deal with pest problems.
Pests in the Attic
Your attic is an ideal place for rats and mice to escape the sinking temperatures in autumn and winter. Warmth is available, often there are many hiding places to spend the winter undisturbed and now and then there are also direct food sources. And if there is no food in the attic, the kitchen or the household room are not far away.
Maybe there is even a wasp nest in the attic where a colony hibernates! If you notice suspicious noises in the attic, a professional pest expert will help you identify and eliminate the uninvited guests.
Facts about pests in the attic:
- Especially pest rodents are looking for warmth and protection in attics.
- They use gaps in roof constructions or cracks in walls to penetrate.
- Uncleaned attics offer them hiding places and, if necessary, food.
Pests in the Bathroom
Many pests, such as cockroaches, are strongly attracted to moisture. Wet rooms and baths are their preferred nesting sites. Pipe systems and sewage pipes make it easy for them to penetrate buildings. Especially rainwater pipes and gutters that are rarely used or easily accessible attract cockroaches.
Facts about pests in the bathroom:
- Thoroughly check the access to your house’s sewage systems during the transitional periods.
Pests in the Bedroom
Especially noteworthy are moths and bedbugs. The autumn and winter seasons often ensure that fashion-conscious contemporaries first clean up their wardrobes: the summer clothes are hung up and the clothes are within easy reach for the cold days. A good time to check whether moths have settled in. Holes in the clothing can be a first indication of a moth problem. It is advisable to act quickly so that the remaining clothing is not also affected by the voracious moths.
Tips against moths in the bedroom:
- Check your wardrobes regularly for moths.
- Moth traps can help to identify the problem. The pest expert is recommended for sustainable removal.
- Regular vacuuming reduces the risk of infestation.
Bedbugs are another pest problem that is becoming more and more common. They are not only active in autumn and winter, but are a pest problem all year round, which, however, is the focus of attention due to the high travel activity of winter holidays. If you have just been on holiday or have stocked up with antiques, for example, it does not hurt to know the usual signs of bedbugs infestation.
Facts about bedbugs in the bedroom:
- Bedbugs are often brought with you in your luggage.
- Old furniture can also be infested by bedbugs.
- Drops of blood, skin scales or faeces can be signs of bedbugs.
Pests in the Fireplace
If you live in a rented apartment, you can skip this part. However, homeowners should keep an eye on the fireplace in their home. Birds often use the chimney structures on the roofs as nesting places. Wind-protected elements and the residual heat of the fireplace help to build and operate the nest.
Often (just at night) a noise nuisance, a damage of the built-in roof elements or even infestation of further pests as a result of it arises. If you notice suspicious noises in the attic, a professional pest expert will help you identify and eliminate uninvited guests.
Facts about pests in the fireplace:
- Special chimney covers can eliminate the problem, as long as their design does not favour the construction of nests.
Pests in the Garage
Many people move to storing rarely used objects, furniture, magazines or even supplies in their garage instead of their cars. However, this attracts mice, rats and cockroaches, which find optimal nesting possibilities between all the “odds and ends”.
Facts about pests in the garage:
- As a precaution, store supplies in lockable plastic containers.
- As temperatures drop, the risk of mice and rats gaining access to your garage through wall cracks and ventilation slits increases.
Pests in the Kitchen
Among pest controllers, the kitchen is usually regarded as the room with the greatest risk of infestation. This is mainly due to the fact that food is prepared here and food supplies are stored. These are, in the truest sense of the word, a found food for insects, mice, rats and cockroaches. Thanks to windows, air vents, etc., there are also various possibilities for the pests to enter the houses via the kitchen.
Facts about mice, rats and cockroaches in the kitchen:
- Do not leave food supplies lying around open for too long.
- Unwashed dishes with their leftovers attract pests just as quickly.
- Empty the waste bin regularly.
- Check base units and storage compartments for pests.
Pests In Household Rooms
In Germany, household rooms are often the rooms in the house where laundry is washed, dried and ironed. Here there is humidity, there are easily climbable pipes, they are often near the ground and there are windows and exhaust air devices to surrounding rooms or to the outside. In other words, these rooms are very easy to reach by pests. Mice looking for warmth in autumn or winter can easily squeeze through tiny gaps only a few millimetres wide. How safe is your household room?
Pests in the Garden and in Waste Bins
The more well-kept the garden, the harder it is for pests to settle here. Admittedly: It’s not always so general. However, bushes, plants and hedges offer the rodents numerous hiding places; in the worst case even easy access to the inside of the house.
Facts about mice, rats and cockroaches in the garden:
- Well-groomed garden areas offer fewer hiding places to harmful rodents.
- Garbage bins and compost heaps attract pests.
- Keep litter bins closed.
Pests on Terraces and Balconies
Especially for pet owners, pests in outdoor areas close to the house, such as terraces or balconies, are relevant when animal feed is stored or displayed. Damaged rodents have a strong sense of smell and are attracted to animal feed and food scraps. Subsequently, they look for further food possibilities primarily in the house-inside.
Facts about rats, mice and cockroaches and animal feed:
- It is advisable not to leave pet food outdoors overnight.
Pests in the Living Room
At this time of year, when temperatures are falling steadily, mice and rats want to escape the cold. Windows, balcony or living room doors are therefore only too likely to be used by pests to penetrate the interior of the house. Pets, which are primarily also in living rooms, also bring fleas into the house, which settle in curtains, carpets or furniture.