fall pest prevention pile of fallen leaves

Fight Back Against Fall Pests: Your Winning Control Plan

September 15, 2023

Fall is coming—and so are the fall pests. Here are some pest prevention strategies!

If you think pest control is only a warm-weather problem, you would be wrong. Bugs and critters might not be as active in the colder months, but that doesn't mean they don't still pose a problem to Georgia homeowners. With a winning pest control plan, fall pests won't be a problem for you this fall and winter. Here are some prevention strategies you can use to fend off overwintering fall pests!

overwintering fall pest stink bug on pile of fallen leaves

Overwintering Fall Pests

As the weather cools and nature prepares for the lull of fall and winter, bugs are doing their own cold weather prep and getting ready to overwinter. Bugs like stink bugs, wasps, lady beetles, and box elder bugs are the most common fall pests in Georgia that will overwinter inside your home. Your house will stay a more consistent temperature than the outdoors, and that consistency is key to those pests surviving until spring.

Prevention Strategies for Fall Pests

If you put in the effort now, you can prevent fall pests from making your fall and winter miserable. Start with the exterior of your home. Regularly check and clear out your house's gutters. The organic matter that decaying leaves and twigs provide are a homing beacon to bugs looking for a place to hunker down. As leaves fall onto your yard, make sure you are diligent in clearing that debris away so that it doesn't attract insects.

Preventing fall pests means treating the interior of your house, too. Bugs will find even the smallest entry points to gain access to the protection and warmth your house provides. Check the screens on your windows and replace any that are torn or not sealing properly. Make sure that your windows are sealing tightly, too.

attic vent cover to protect against fall pests

Here are a few other insect prevention strategies for fall pests:

  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, and any other areas where homes may be open to the outdoors, like mail slots and animal doors.

  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.

  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations, package deliveries, and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool.


If you want total peace of mind that your house won't be harboring overwintering pests this fall and winter, call us today to schedule an appointment. One of our pest control technicians will inspect and treat your whole house—exterior and interior—to provide total prevention and protection against any pests that might try to move in.

If you find yourself needing pest control and want it handled thoroughly, don't hesitate to give us a call. The BREDA Guarantee promises to fix your pest problem and keep it fixed—no matter the circumstances. Schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.