Keep An Eye Out For Ants & Spiders In September
September 1, 2023

Keep An Eye Out For Ants & Spiders In September

Happy September, folks! As summer winds down and fall begins, homeowners in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and throughout New Mexico should not be surprised to find ants and spiders infesting their homes this month. In today’s article, we’re taking a closer look at what causes these pests to head indoors, how their natural behavior effects their actions, and what homeowners can do to keep ants, spiders, and other pests out this fall.

crumbs and spills attract ants

Seasonal changes influence pest activity

As the weather starts to cool down slightly from the intense heat of summer, insects like ants and spiders become more active. They may seek shelter and warmth indoors as the outdoor environment becomes less hospitable.

Spiders and ants may still be searching for mates

Usually, spiders in our region become more active in August and September when males start looking for a mate. Unfortunately, on their quest for a partner, they often infest homes.

Like spiders, several ant species also begin reproducing in later summer and could explain why homeowners in New Mexico tend to see so many ants in their homes and yards each September.

They’re looking for food

Ants are known for their scavenging behavior and are attracted to the crumbs and spills we often miss on our kitchen counters or floors. They’re also willing to find sustenance among the dirty dishes in the sink, open food packages in the pantry, and anywhere else they can find it.

Spiders, on the other hand, don’t eat people food. They feast on smaller insects. If you’ve got ants, silverfish, earwigs or other bugs in your house, there’s a good chance they’ll build webs to catch them or hunt them down by stalking, depending on the species.

Moisture & shelter are a must for both pests

New Mexico’s climate is generally arid, and as temperatures start to drop, pests might seek out moisture-rich environments. Leaky pipes, dripping faucets, and other sources of water indoors can attract ants and spiders in September.

Easy access could make your home an easy target

As insects and arachnids become more active and seek refuge from changing weather conditions, they may find their way indoors through cracks, gaps, and other openings on the exterior.

How to minimize the chances of a pest infestation this month

To prevent ants, spiders, and other pests from sneaking into your home for food, shelter, or something, our local exterminators recommend implementing the following preventative measures: 

  • Find and seal entry points
    Regularly inspect and seal any gaps, cracks, and openings around doors, windows, and utility entrances doors. You should also check the foundation, exterior walls, and roof to make sure pests cannot sneak in through holes or cracks.
  • Keep up with housekeeping
    Keep your kitchen, bathrooms, and other indoors spaces clean and clear of any food debris. You should also take the trash out regularly and store food in airtight containers.
  • Fix moisture problems
    Repair interior and exterior leaks and address sources of moisture in and around the home to discourage pests that are attracted to damp environments.
  • Maintain your lawn and landscaping
    Keep vegetation well-trimmed and away from the perimeter of the house, as overgrown plants can provide hiding spots and entry points for pests.


What to do if you see ants, spiders, or other pests in your home this fall

If you spot insects in your home this fall, contact Greenway Pest Solutions for help getting rid of them. Offering effective and affordable home pest control services for several communities in New Mexico, our local pest control specialists will inspect your home, identify active pest problems, and treat accordingly. To get started, simply give us a call or fill out the form below!

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