Pest Behavior in the Fall and How It Affects You

It is the season to get ready for beautiful foliage, crisp air and the holidays. And one other thing you will have to do is prepare your home for pests. During the fall season, pest behavior differs from other seasons due to the weather. Their behaviors change because of the onset of colder weather and the need to prepare themselves for the winter. Here are some common pests and how their behaviors change in the fall.

Stinging Insects

Stinging insects include bees, wasps, and hornets. They seem to be everywhere around this time of year. They are pests you may notice more often showing up to your picnics, barbecues or festivals in the fall. That is because much of their natural food sources are drained due to colder weather. Thus, they seek out other food sources.

These stinging insects are also more likely to be aggressive near their hives because, aside from collecting food, they are also trying to protect and prepare their queen bee for the upcoming winter months. And since their population sizes are typically at their largest in the fall, you are more likely to encounter problems if there is a hive nearby.


All those spiders you see in the fall? They have probably been hiding out in your house unnoticed. A common myth about spiders is that they are coming into your home to seek out warmth in the fall. However, they are actually not attracted to warmth, and the fact that you may be seeing more of them this time of year is due to it being mating season for many species.

Spiders will typically hatch in the spring and mature and grow throughout the summer. They are likely coming out from their hiding places to find a mate, reproduce and then lay eggs – something you probably don’t want to happen under your roof.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs can be a real annoyance in autumn because they tend to look for a warm place to spend the winter. And that can end up being in the comfort of your home.

Stink bugs have special glands that release a bad odor when protecting themselves from predators. And when the scent is released, it may also attract other stink bugs. These bugs are more of an inconvenience than a danger, but they like to congregate in large numbers and can be difficult to get rid of.

Stinging insects, spiders and stink bugs are only a few of the pests that have behavioral changes during the fall. There are a lot of other pests that are also looking to find refuge in your home. Contact Gibson Pest Control if you have any questions or would like to find out how we can help you deal with fall pests today.