Stores are showcasing their seasonal items, pumpkin-spiced treats are being released, and Halloween costumes are starting to trickle into store shelves. All of these are signs that fall is approaching, whether you’re ready for it or not.
Although fall is commonly thought of as a time when pests disappear, that couldn’t further from the truth. In fact, fall is a time of year when we see a spike in pest problems. But don’t fret, United Pest Solutions is here. We’re sharing our favorite (and affordable) pest-proofing tips to help you get ready for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.
Rodents and spiders like to nest in areas where they will go undetected and undisturbed. Garages, basements, crawl spaces, and sheds are prime locations for these pests. Cleanout your cluttered areas and use plastic bins with lids for storage.
2. Screen Openings
Walk around the outside of your home. See any small gaps or cracks insects or rodents could fit through? Remember, mice can fit through holes the size of a dime. We recommend you install screens on your vents, soffits, and chimney. For other cracks on your home, use steel wool to fill the hole and seal it with a silicone-based caulk. This is important for rat and mice prevention. Don’t forget those areas where your utilities meet your home!
3. Replace Weather Stripping
When was the last time you replaced your weather stripping? Proper, well intact weather stripping can go far in pest prevention. If your weather stripping is damaged or you can see light shine through when your door is closed, it’s time to replace it. Weather stripping is affordable and can be found in most hardware stores.
4. Eliminate Moisture
Like humans need water to live, so do pests. Dampness attracts various pests from ants and cockroaches to rats and mice. Repair leaky pipes, clear clogged drains, and clean out your gutters. A dehumidifier may also help in basements.
5. Maintain Landscaping
Did you know your shrubs, bushes, and plants may be attracting pests? Landscaping, overgrown weeds, and other types of vegetation serve as harborages for pests–they feel safe here. Trim any plants near your home to help discourage pests from hiding out there. Also, prune trees with overhanging branches. Squirrels and rodents are skilled climbers and often leap from branches to homes to gain access into attics.
6. Seal Your Garbage
It’s no surprise that raccoons are attracted to garbage, but rats, mice, wasps, cockroaches, and ants are also drawn in by those food odors. Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids to help prevent pests.
7. Keep Clean
One of the biggest steps you can take to help make your home less appealing to pests is to keep a clean and organized home. Don’t leave out dirty dishes. Don’t let junk pile up. Instead, wipe countertops, store food in airtight containers, clean up spills, and vacuum and/or mop regularly.
Is Your Home Protected Against Pests?
We hope these tips help you as you work to protect your home against pests this fall. If you have any questions, know that we’re just a phone call away!