Fall in Arizona is unique in the sense that temperatures do not drop as drastically as other parts of the United States. Places like Florida and Texas may remain hot, but compared to the midwest and pacific northwest, Arizona is still pretty warm come October. However, just like any other part of the country, pests will still react and adapt to any kind of seasonal change. Even the most subtle temperature drop will change how pests behave for a given period. Let’s take a look at how these critters react once the blazing hot summer months are over and the leaves start to turn color.
One of the most common pests in Arizona, if not the most common, are termites. Both drywood termites and subterranean termites can be found in abundance during the early portions of the autumn months. The hot and dry summer months are over while the cooler winter months are still a bit away, meaning the weather is just right for termites to wreak havoc. Subterranean termites are especially problematic here since the fall soil is moist enough for them to dig through and come out above ground.
While many creatures are getting set to begin hibernation, the cold-blooded snakes are excited for the temperature drop. During the summers, snakes are typically only out at night time since the days are unbearably hot. However, come September, our slithery friends are out and about looking for nourishment. While you won’t lose sleep over the thought of a common rattlesnake, poisonous rattlesnakes such as the Mojave or Diamondback are also lurking, so use caution!
Scorpions are far from a secret in Arizona. These little critters can be found in almost any crack or crevice and are quite frankly a nuisance. While they are most active during the later spring and summer months, fall and winter means hibernation, which also means potential infestation in your home. Human living spaces are attractive to scorpions as they look for a warm and cozy home to wait out the cooler temperatures.
Similar to the scorpion, spiders will also be making their way inside your home this fall. Why? It’s simple. Spiders feed on smaller pests and critters, so as those other species start to find indoor shelter, their arachnid predators will follow suit. In addition to food, spiders also look to find a partner and mate in the early portions of the fall.
Preventing Fall Pests
Looking to get ahead of any pest infestation you may face this fall? Pest repellants and simple home-remedy prevention techniques are a great start. Of course, cleaning your living area of residue and clutter will help limit the damage. If you are seeking professional help from people you can trust, contact Yuma Pest today to help you get started!