During the cooler months, most of us don’t pay as much attention to the outside of our home as we do during spring and summer. The weather is cooling down, the leaves have fallen off the trees, and plants don’t require as much maintenance. However, failing to maintain the outside of your home can create a welcoming invitation for many types of fall pests, especially as they seek a warm place to wait out the winter.
The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies to pest control. While preventative pest control can help no matter the season, there are few things you can do in the fall to help deter pests through the cooler months.
Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
Many types of pests love good soggy crawl space and are often attracted to areas with a lot of moisture. Seal all openings in crawl spaces and attics and use a dehumidifier in basements and garages to help keep these areas dry.
Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
Keeping these areas well-sealed not only prevents pests from entering but can help keep cold air out of the house as well.
Seal cracks or other openings on the outside of the home.
You can often make these repairs yourself by using caulk and steel wool. Be sure to pay close attention to where utility pipes enter the home These are ideal entry points for pests. Some rodents can fit through a hole even as small as a dime! Repairing torn screens and installing a door sweep can also help seal entry points.
Move firewood away from the home.
Stacks of firewood are especially attractive to pests such as termites, as they serve both as shelter and a food supply. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and store it off the ground if possible. Removing areas where pests can hide near your home can reduce the chances of them finding a way inside.
Inspect decorations or items that have been stored outside before you bring them into your home.
Pests can get creative when it comes to getting inside a home. Before you store cushions or patio furniture, be sure to shake them off and inspect them for pests. Likewise, any decorations that you bring into your home from the basement, garage, or attic should be inspected as well.
Of course, if your preventative efforts seem like a lost cause or if you suspect an infestation, we are here to help. To schedule an inspection, ask questions, or get our opinion, just give us a call or submit this contact form. We are eager to hear from you!