Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean summer pests are gone

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Summer may be over, but we are not done with summer pests.

During the warm summer days, spiders, ants, and other creepy crawlies have feasted on the bounty left by Mother Nature. But now that the days are getting shorter and nights cooler, some of them are looking for food and a warmer place to hang out.

Jay Everrit of Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions said spiders are very active these days as you no doubt have noticed by all the webs in your yard and around your home. The brown recluse and black widows are common around the Midwest and both are poisonous. Rottler crews have been getting plenty of calls to spray homes for these pests.

But what may be the most dangerous pest and the biggest concern comes from the ground nesting yellow jackets. These are actually able to sting multiple times and become very aggressive in the fall, said Everitt.

“Yellow jackets, especially this late in the season when the numbers get really high and the family has grown, get very aggressive. They can sting multiple times and probably will. Once one stings you there is a probably a pheromone they left on you that hones in and tells everyone that is the target and that can be pretty dangerous,” Everitt said.

Unlike honey bees and bumble bees, yellow jackets do not pollinate. So you don’t have feel guilty about having them exterminated.