Fall is a fantastic season; the temperature is cooling down, the leaves are turning colors and beginning to fall, and football season has returned.
Fall is also a favorite season for many pests who come around your home seeking food and shelter just like us humans! They know that colder weather is just around the corner and want to make sure they secure their spot in your house.
Spiders, rodents, stink bugs and cockroaches.
So what can you do to keep these creepy crawlers and furry animals from taking over your fortress this season?
It’s VERY important to pest-proof your home. Here are some tips that we recommend:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.
(The National Pest Management Association)
These fall pests aren’t just a nuisance to your home, they can also pose a danger to you and your family. Below, we’ve listed the worst case scenarios for these fall pests. It is never a bad thing to be too careful when it comes to protecting your home.
Rodents carry diseases, including Salmonella and Hantavirus, and can cause structural damage to a property by gnawing through wires, which can cause house fires, and nesting in insulation.
Cockroaches also spread disease and their droppings and saliva can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children.
Brown recluse spiders will bite if threatened, injecting venom that can be dangerous to those with allergic reactions.
Again, fall pests are looking for the same thing we are when the weather starts to cool down; food, shelter and a warm place to reside for the winter. It’s best to be proactive when it comes to these pests and crack on on preventing their invasion before the real cold weather hits.
If you’re afraid you may have a pest problem you can’t handle, make sure you give the pest doctors a call so we can help you prepare for the winter months to come. Call today (800)737-8189 for your FREE consultation!