Many people decorate their yards during autumn, such as placing haystacks, scarecrows and pumpkins on their lawns and porches. Though these decorations may put you in the fall spirit, they attract many different pests. Pumpkins rot slowly over time, attracting various pests that feed on the fruit. Because the pumpkins sit near the front door, you give the pests numerous opportunities to come inside your home.
Which Pests Do Pumpkins Attract?
Rodents such as mice and rats enjoy nibbling on pumpkins, especially if they're cut open to reveal the soft and delicious fruit. Other rodents may also come to sample your pumpkins, such as squirrels and chipmunks. Outdoor pumpkin decorations lure rodents close to your home, which increases the risk of an infestation on your property.
Squash bugs look similar to stinkbugs and feed on the leaves of squash plants. Though they prefer to eat squash leaves and vines, they'll gladly consume pumpkin fruit if no other food source is available. These pests infest gardens and will also invade homes through open windows and doors or random cracks and crevices.
A pumpkin doesn't have to start rotting before fruit flies show up to feast. However, as the pumpkin slowly rots, more fruit flies will appear and infest the surrounding area. They not only cover the pumpkin but also fly around the space, annoying anyone who comes near the fruit. These pests will also lay eggs in the fruit and increase their numbers as the pumpkin rots. If your pumpkin is near the entrance to your home, these pests will likely fly inside every time you open the door.
Stop Fall Infestations Before They Happen
You can take various steps to reduce pests around your pumpkins. If you see blemishes or feel soft spots, remove them right away as the pumpkins have started to rot. If you're carving them for Halloween, wait until the final week. In addition, light your jack-o'-lantern with a glow stick. Lighting it with a candle increases the rotting cycle. If pests show up to feast on your pumpkins, contact A-Academy to get a free estimate on our pest control services.