Beware! Pests That Go Bump in the Night

Trick-or-Treaters aren’t the only ones headed to homes this Halloween

FAIRFAX, VA (October 11, 2017) – There’s a chill in the air and nights are getting longer – signs another hair-raising Halloween is almost here. As homeowners prepare with candy and decorations for hordes of trick-or-treaters, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) cautions that spooky pests are something else to beware of. 

“Colder weather brings everyone indoors, including pests, such as rats, mice and spiders, who are in full force as they seek food and refuge during fall,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Consider coupling Halloween decorating with fall pest-proofing to alleviate potential pest stress.”

From deceptive to downright creepy, here are some fall pests every homeowner should be on the lookout for this season:


There’s nothing creepier than hearing something scurrying or scratching inside a home. Closely inspect both inside and outside of the home for any cracks or crevices, as rodents like mice can squeeze through a space as small as a dime! As if that’s not freaky enough, they can also spread serious diseases too, and are capable of chewing through glass, cinderblock, aluminum and wire, increasing the potential risk for fires and damaging property.


Wondering what’s hiding in the attic? These quintessential Halloween pests prefer dark, secluded areas to settle in during the colder months. Bats are nocturnal mammals, and are frequent carriers of rabies, which can be fatal if bitten and left untreated. Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, and install door sweeps to keep bats outdoors where they belong. 


When opening that dusty box of Halloween decorations be sure to wear heavy gloves, as spiders love to make a home in undisturbed clutter. To avoid run-ins with these creepy crawlies, keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free. At the end of the season, store costumes and decorations inside sealed plastic containers to keep spiders out.

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About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 6,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.