Pest Proofing For The Fall
Fall is one of the most important times of year to seek out professional pest control services. It is important that you prepare your home for fall pest control.
Rodents view the colder weather as a sign to find warmer shelter for the winter. Mice and rats will begin heading indoors when the weather begins to change to ensure that they can continue breeding in a safe and warm environment.
It is also very common for worker bees to be out in swarms during the fall weather. While the cold weather will eventually kill these bees off, the workers are scrambling for food to fill the hive and to find safe places for their queen. Worker bees will move their queen into a warmer area if necessary, which often means places in your attic, porch, or shed areas.
There are two specific things that will attract pests to your home during the fall season: warmth and a food source. Rodent or insect, these creatures are looking for a way to survive the cold weather. Availability of either of these or both will make your home a target for an infestation during fall.
TIPS TO AVOID FALL PEST INFESTATIONS
There are several steps that you can take that will help avoid unwanted pests. Most of these tips are easy to complete, inexpensive, and provide you with additional benefits.
Repair holes or gaps around outdoor pipes and utility entrances to your home.
Cover the dryer vent with mesh as well as your chimney and any vents.
Check for any holes that are the size of a dime or bigger. A rat can get through an opening as small as a quarter, and a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Making these repairs will also help prevent other unwanted pests from entering your home and help keep the heat indoors.
Repair screens and use a door sweep on exterior doors. Not only will this help prevent pests from entering, it can also help reduce the amount of dust that enters into your home.
Remove dead plants and trim shrubbery. Dead and decaying plants attract many different pests. Shrubs or plants that touch the house allow insects to have a “bridge” from the plant to your home. For best results, make sure that plants are cut back at least 2 feet from your home.
Replace weather stripping. By replacing weather stripping you are not allowing warm air to seep out of the home and attract pests.
Make sure that all trash that is taken out is placed in a sealed container. Avoid piling up any type of debris outside or around your home.
Always keep countertops clean and everything in your pantry stored in sealed containers.
Store firewood away from the house. Wood piles are very appealing for mice, rats, spiders, scorpions, and ants.
Avoid leaving pet food dishes outside, including water bowls. Only place these items outside when the pets are there and bring them in when you bring in your pet.
Install proper drainage around your home. When water pools around your home it not only creates a moist environment perfect for insects to live in, it can also cause damage to the foundation of your home.
Check fall decorations before bringing them into your home. Hay bales, scarecrows and similar type of decorations are all great places for insects to hide.
In addition to taking these preventative maintenance measures, it is important to continue with or seek out, professional pest control services to keep your home free from pests.
For the most effective way to fight pest problems, use year-round pest control service along with good home maintenance.
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