With the falling temperatures during fall, pests strive to find new habitats that are warmer and humid enough for them to feed, breed and survive. That new habitat maybe your home. Although you can get rid of the pests by hiring a pest exterminator, it’s wise to invest in some fall pest prevention methods to keep them out. By using a preventative approach, you can save on extermination cost and damages to your property.
Here are some helpful tips to keep pests out and your home safe.
1. Seal your home from the outside
The most effective pest prevention tactic during fall is to deny entry. You can achieve it by carefully inspecting your home for cracks, holes and other areas that the pests can use as entry points. If you identify any holes and cracks, seal them from the outside immediately. Pests like cockroaches can crawl through holes that are as small as a dime so nothing should be left to chance.
When inspecting your home, concentrate on areas like:
- External sheathing
- Window trims
- Roof flashing
- Skylight casings
- Wood siding
- Siding seams
- Soffit Vents
If you’re not confident of thoroughly conducting an inspection, you can always call in a pest exterminator for a second opinion and better proofing.
2. Evict Current populations
Most of the pests that invade your home during and after fall are most likely residents in your compound. After proofing your home against entry, start evacuating any populations around the house. Some of the most common pests during fall include:
- Stink bugs
Once you know the type of pests you’re dealing with, it’s easier to identify their habitat. However, as a general rule of thumb, don’t leave any stone unturned. Your list of chores and hiding places to clean include:
- Cleaning the gutters
- Remove debris like rocks and wood piles and compost bins from around the house
- Remove shed autumn leaves from the porch
- Install yellow sodium vapor lights outside
3. Minimize moisture
When considering prime real estate, humidity is a critical factor among pests. That is why they prefer areas like the basement, under the stairs and attics. By reducing moisture, you make your home less habitable. Start by checking the home for areas with standing water and also invest in a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture levels. If they can’t find water, they will move elsewhere.
4. Be cautious about what you bring home
Pests are always finding innovative ways to come into your home. Sometimes, they can hitch a ride on packages, gifts, and firewood. You should be particularly careful with things you bring to the house on cold nights and have been by the earth for some time. You should also check your heavy jackets and boots before going inside the house for any pests that might be hanging on.
By using these simple fall pest prevention tips, you can drastically reduce the chances of a pest invasion as the temperatures outside fall and winter nears. It is advisable to have an expert look around. Call Pride Pest for a free consultation. How prepared are you to keep your home pest-free this fall?