Now that summer is over, you’re probably thinking your pest problems are over. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. Once the temperature drops, it is very common for pests of all kinds to make their way inside a home in search of water, food, and shelter. Many pests cannot survive being outside during winter, which is why you will probably start to see an increase in pest activity this season. Some of the most common fall pests include spiders, rodents, cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs, and bees.
If you want to protect your home from fall pests, there are a few precautions you can take. Keep reading to learn more.
Seal Any Holes
Just about any crack or hole is the perfect size for an unwanted pest to make their way into your home. Before it’s too late, do a careful inspection of your home and repair any cracks in your foundation, holes in your screens, and gaps in your roof. Also, replace any worn-down weather stripping to ensure your window and doors are properly sealed.
Be sure to examine all of the most common pest entries in your home, including:
Just to give you an idea of how important it is to seal off any holes, cracks, or gaps in your home, a full-grown rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter!
Trim Your Trees
When trees extend over a home, pests can easily gain entry inside via branches that brush up against your roof or the side of your home. This fall be sure to trim your trees to be sure that branches are at least 5-10 feet away from your home.
Take Care of Plumbing Leaks
Pests such as cockroaches, rodents, and spiders are always looking for an adequate water source, so leaving plumbing leaks unchecked in your home is not a good idea. Be sure to examine your home and have any leaks or moisture problems repaired by plumbing professionals.
Clean Up Your Yard & Home
Keeping your home clean, both inside and out, is one of the best ways to protect it against fall pests.
Some of the most important cleaning tasks you need to keep up with this fall include:
- Take out the trash regularly and store trash cans away from your home
- Get rid of any areas of clutter both inside and outside
- Mow and rake your lawn regularly
- Clear away any dead piles of leaves, twigs, and branches
- Wipe all crumbs off of your countertops
- Never leave food out for too long
- Vacuum your carpeting daily
- Sweep hard floors daily
- Clean out your gutters
Pests love to hide away in dark, cluttered areas where it is harder to find them, so it is incredibly important to keep things tidy. That way, they don’t have anywhere to hide!
Don’t Leave Food Out
Since pests are on a constant hunt for food, leaving any leftovers out in your home is not a good idea. Rats and ants will come running if they sense an available food source, so we recommend storing all of your food in tightly sealed containers. It is also important to clean up any spills or crumbs right away.
Move Your Firewood
Leaving firewood up against your house is a very common and dangerous mistake. Termites and other pests love to hide away in firewood, and it is much easier for them to make it inside your home if their hiding spot is attached to it. We recommend placing your piles of firewood at least 10 feet away from any structure.
Schedule Professional Pest Control
At proof. pest control, we understand the last thing you want to deal with this season is a pest problem. Luckily, our team has spent many years perfecting our pest control process. We use top-quality, organic solutions to protect your home against over 30 different types of pests so you can rest easy. If you are dealing with an infestation of any kind, it is a good idea to get the professionals involved. Pests are known to carry and transmit diseases, spread bacteria, and cause extensive damage to a home, and our team has the tools and technology to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Give us a call at (888) 658-5191 or contact us online to schedule reliable, effective pest control services.