Now that cold weather has started making an appearance in Oklahoma, even if only briefly, leaves will begin falling from the trees. As homeowners start to gather these fallen leaves into piles, many guests can make their way into them. Chances are, these unknown guests may make some less likely to jump into these piles.

Pill Bugs

These crustaceans are a family of woodlice that often can be found feeding on decomposing leaves and other organic materials. Though they pose no threat to humans, these creepy crawlies can be terrifying to some individuals. With enough time, pill bugs will convert piles of leaves back into the soil.


Mites are known to reproduce very rapidly and can often be found attacking plant matter. Some mites are small enough to avoid identification with the naked eye, but can still lead to rash and itchiness when attached to humans. This condition is often called scabies, as mites burrow and lay eggs inside the skin of a human host.

Wooly Bear Caterpillar

The wooly bear caterpillar is often seen during the fall months while trying to find a spot to hibernate. This orange and black caterpillar is covered in bristled hairs and will often hibernate under rocks, leaf piles and logs. Often, they will emerge in the spring to feed before transforming into tiger moths.

It is not uncommon to see many other pests within leaf piles such as centipedes, millipedes, ants and spiders. It is important to remove these leaf piles as soon as possible to reduce the risk of home invasion. This is especially true if the pile is within a close proximity to the home.

If you are dealing with a pest problem at your home or business, give us a call to start a no-obligation pest evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every single one from your home and keep them away for good!

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