Nothing ruins the holidays like a pest infestation. Keeping pests out of your home can feel like a year-round job, because it is. The best way to get control of the pest problem in and around your home is through prevention. Here are the top fall pest prevention tips to keep your home pest-free this holiday season.
Let’s start with the exterior of your home. The colder fall temperatures will send pests looking for a warm place to overwinter. If you can properly seal your home, you’ll be able to greatly reduce the number of pests entering your home this fall. Here are a few fall pest prevention tips to stop annoying pests from getting into your home.
A very common way for pests like ants, cockroaches, and centipedes to enter your home is through your foundation. Do a perimeter check around the foundation of your home, checking for cracks, gaps, and holes. Pay close attention to the spots where your plumbing or electrical enters your home. Seal all the cracks and gaps that you find.
Is the exterior of your home crawling with boxelder bugs, brown marmorated stink bugs, or multicolored Asian lady beetles? This is a common sight in the fall as these insects look for warm places to overwinter. Keep these crafty pests from entering your home by ensuring your doors and windows are properly sealed. Make sure your screens aren’t damaged as well.
Check your roof for damaged shingles, gaps, or holes that can be exploited by pests. Repair these spots to finish sealing up your home before the fall pest invasion. Make sure you check your gutters while you’re up there. A clogged gutter is a mosquito’s dream nursery. They often lay their eggs in clogged gutters to overwinter until the spring. Clear out your gutters to make your spring and summer mosquito control that much easier.
Once you finished pest-proofing your exterior, we can move on to indoor pest prevention. Making your home inhospitable to pests is the key to fall pest prevention. Here are a few tips for making your home the last choice for annoying fall pests.
Of course, Pests need water to survive. If there isn’t easy access to a source of water, then the pests will die off or move on. Check your kitchen, bathrooms, basement, attic, and crawlspace for excess moisture. Fix leaky pipes and utilize well-placed dehumidifiers to reduce the population of thirsty pests like centipedes, cockroaches, and millipedes.
Pests like cockroaches and ants rely on our scraps to feed themselves. Removing their access to food is essential to cutting down their populations and creating a pest-free environment for you and your family. Clean up any spills or crumbs around your kitchen and anywhere you and your family regularly eat. Instead of leaving food out, make sure all food is properly stored in tight-fitting containers. Remove your trash daily and keep it stored in a sealed container, far from entrances to your home.
These fall pest prevention tips will help you create an inhospitable environment that’s difficult for pests to invade, but professional services will take it to the next level. Here at Go Green Lawn & Tree Care, we have perimeter pest control services that will create a barrier around your home.
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