Fall Is Coming...And So Are The Pests

Posted on: 15 September 2016


The arrival of fall means that pests are moving into your home. The best way to keep pests from taking over your home is to take action before the weather starts to cool down. Here are some tips that you and your family can put to use to keep pests out of your home.   

  1. Check and repair the weatherstripping. Weatherstripping not only helps to keep cool and warm air from entering your home, but it also helps to keep pests out. Pay close attention to the weatherstripping along the windows and doors. 

  2. Install screen vents. The chimney is one of the most accessible places to pests. If you do not have a screen vent installed over its opening, pests can use the chimney to enter and exit your home.  

  3. Move firewood away from the home. Pests, such as rodents and cockroaches, tend to seek shelter in piles of firewood and debris. Even though keeping the firewood near your home might be most convenient, it also makes your home more vulnerable to pests. 

  4. Keep your home dry. The basement and attic are two hiding places that pests like because they tend to be more susceptible to moisture. To keep these areas dry, consider using a dehumidifier.  

  5. Use a sealed garbage receptacle. If your garbage receptacle is not tightly sealed, pests can get in and out of it. In addition to keeping it sealed, try to place the receptacle away from the home to make it more difficult for pests to find their way to your home.  

  6. Seal food and store in enclosed areas. To survive, pests need water and food. All food should be placed in plastic containers. Food in boxes should not be stored near the floor because rodents and other pests can easily get into them.  

  7. De-clutter your home. When pests move into your home, they will search for hiding spaces to live during the fall. Clutter, such as forgotten bags of clothing or decorations, can be a safe space for them. Get rid of any clutter you find or pack it away in a tightly sealed container so that it is not attractive to the pests.  

Work with your pest control specialist to identify other ways to protect your home in the fall. The specialist can assess your home to help pinpoint areas that are vulnerable to pests and even treat your home so that any existing pests are taken care of.