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Guarding Against Cold-Weather Intruders

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Ontario Pests to Be Aware of in Autumn

As autumn sweeps across Ontario, the changing weather not only brings a spectacular display of foliage but also signals the migration of pests seeking refuge indoors from the chilly temperatures. To help you safeguard your business, warehouses, or offices, we’ve compiled a list of common pests in Ontario that tend to make their way inside during the autumn season. Read on to learn about these intruders and how you can prevent unwelcome infestations.

Cluster flies are known for seeking shelter indoors as temperatures drop. They often congregate in large numbers, clustering in corners and around windows. To prevent infestations, seal cracks and gaps in windows, doors, and walls. Consider installing screens to prevent entry.

While ladybugs (Asian Lady Beetles) are harmless, their sheer numbers can become a nuisance when they seek warmth indoors. They often gather in large groups on windows and walls. To deter them, seal entry points and use weather stripping. Check for and repair damaged window screens and caulk even small openings.

As the weather cools, stink bugs look for indoor shelter. These odorous pests can emit an unpleasant smell when disturbed. In order to avoid their odor, seal entry points, repair any damaged screens, and consider using insecticides around the perimeter of your business.

Rodents (Mice and Rats) are notorious for seeking refuge indoors during colder months. They can cause damage to property and carry diseases. Seal gaps in walls, foundations, and around pipes. Mice and rats can enter in openings the size of a dime, so be thorough. Keep food stored in airtight containers and promptly address any water leaks. If you notice 1 or 2, you likely have many more! They populate very quickly.

Certain spiders are more active in the fall, looking for shelter. While most are harmless, some can be venomous. You should instruct cleaning staff to regularly clean and dust corners and hidden areas. Use spider repellents and seal cracks in walls and windows to the best of your ability.

Boxelder bugs are attracted to warm structures and may enter commercial buildings in large numbers. They emit a foul odor when crushed. Again, seal entry points, especially around doors and windows. Remove boxelder trees, if possible, as they attract these bugs.

Stop All Cold-Weather Intruders

As autumn unfolds in Ontario, seal off those commercial spaces. Staying vigilant against cold-weather pests is key to ensuring a pest-free business, warehouses, or offices. By implementing these prevention measures, you can protect your workspace from unwanted intruders seeking refuge from the dropping temperatures. If infestations persist, consider consulting with Sentinel Pest Control to address the issue promptly. Enjoy the beauty of the season without the hassle of uninvited guests in your commercial or industrial buildings.