A Guide To Fall Pests & How To Keep Them Out Of Your Ithaca Home

September 15, 2020

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are beginning to change colors, shorts and sandals are being replaced with pants and boots, and there’s a crispness in the air that only means one thing—fall is upon us. It sure is nice, here in Ithaca, that we get to experience the majesty of all four seasons and the unique aspects that each brings with it. However, there is one thing that each season brings that’s not so wonderful, and that is pests.

a cluster fly perched on a leaf of a house plant

Fall in Ithaca is no different. As the weather begins to turn, many pests, who spend most of their time outside, will venture into our homes to seek refuge from the cold. When that happens, they pose all sorts of unique threats to us. As such, it is important to know what you can do to keep these pests out of your Ithaca home this fall, and all year long.

Fall Pests Common To Ithaca

Three common pests that might venture into your home this fall include cluster flies, stink bugs, and rodents.

Cluster Flies

Cluster flies will enter into homes in late fall as they try to escape the coming winter. Once inside, they are mostly a nuisance pest, but they often invade in large numbers and can be difficult to get rid of. Cluster flies are larger than traditional houseflies and lack their metallic coloring, as well.

Stink Bugs

You can identify stink bugs can by their “shield-like” shape and their mottled brown and gray coloring. These bugs cannot survive cold weather, so your home makes the perfect place for them to winter. Like cluster flies, stink bugs are nuisance pests, however, they also invade in large numbers and can damage houseplants. Additionally, as their name suggests, stink bugs emit a foul-smelling odor when threatened or squished.


Rodents such as mice and rats cannot survive outside if the temperatures get too low. As such, they will come into your home to seek refuge from the cold. Once inside, rodents are capable of spreading all sorts of diseases, pathogens, and bacteria. They can contaminate countertops, dishes, and food if it’s not been properly stored.

Issues Presented By Fall Pests

As stated, cluster flies and stink bugs are mostly considered to be nuisance pests, although stink bugs will damage houseplants. Rodents, on the other hand, spread all sorts of diseases such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, hemorrhagic fever, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and tularemia. Additionally, rodents can introduce parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites, into your home.
Even if the pests are only nuisances, that doesn’t mean you want them in your home. Which is why you ought to know some useful pest prevention techniques.

Pest Prevention Tips

To keep pests out of your home this fall, you should:

  • Store all food in air-tight containers or the refrigerator.
  • Wipe up spills from countertops and floors immediately.
  • Refrain from keeping dirty dishes stacked in the sink.
  • Take out the trash regularly.
  • Store trash in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures.
  • Install screens and door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Install weather stripping around windows and doors.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in the exterior of your home.
  • Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home.

The Best Method Of Pest Prevention

While basic pest prevention can go a long way in securing your home from unwanted pests, the most effective form of pest prevention is with ongoing professional assistance from Sweeney’s Pest Elimination. Here at Sweeney’s, we have the knowledge and the experience to keep your home protected from any pest all year long. Don’t let pest make their homes inside of yours. Give us a call today.

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