The bugs and pests that are about to invade your home this autumn

As summer draws to a close, you could be mistaken for thinking that your insect troubles are over.

Sure, you might not have to swat away flies or deal with flying ants for another year, but there are other critters out there that are looking to invade your home.

A whole host of species could be making their way inside, including rats, cockroaches and spiders.

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If you want to know what to look out for this autumn, then lucky for you, we’ve created a list of the types of creepy crawlies and other animals that you could see very soon.

Here’s everything you need to know, month by month:

September

While most insect issues should be resolved, wasps are still persisting on staying around. You should expect high levels for another month.

As well as this, September is famously spider season, with the eight-legged critters heading inside in search of a mate. You’ll likely spot the large, male giant house spider.

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They can bite but aren’t usually harmful to humans. They can grow to 12cm in size and travel half a metre in 7.5 seconds.

To keep out spiders, why not place conkers in the corner of your room?

Rats, mice and cockroaches all remain a real threat through September.

October

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Many insects disappear altogether as autumn begins, with wasps often surviving well into October.

However while you might be able to cope with a few pesky wasps ruining your picnic, there are other pests that could disrupt your home.

Rats, mice and pest birds often seek warmer manmade environments as the weather turns colder.

High levels of spiders can be expected to increase. We’re sorry if you’re not a spider fan!

November

Wasps and ants will definitely have vanished by November, but once again, spiders remain at high levels.

Rat, mouse and bird infestations now increase dramatically as they head indoors to nest or hibernate. It might be time to have a look in your cupboards for any droppings or gnawed packages.


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