Summer is quickly winding down and cooler temperatures are on the way! While most of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors in the milder weather, pests will be looking to make their way inside in search of food, shelter, and warmth. What can you do to prepare your home for the invasion of fall pests like rodents, roaches, and spiders? Check out these tips to get your home ready for fall.
Inspect The Outside
Screen your attic vents and install chimney caps. Keep basements, attics, and crawlspaces well ventilated and dry. Use dehumidifiers in basements and garages to eliminate moisture. Inspect the outside of your home, especially under the siding and around utility pipes, for any gaps and seal them with caulk and steel wool. Replace loose mortar around your foundations. Install door sweeps and repair any damaged screens on doors and windows. Inspect and replace weatherstripping around doors and windows. Clean gutters and make sure drainage systems are in good repair and directed away from foundations.
Maintain Your Landscaping
Keep mulch and soil away from foundations. Keep shrubbery well trimmed and off the sides of your home. Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and elevated off the ground. Sweep down any cobwebs when they appear.
Keep It Clean
Store items in basements, attics, and garages off the floor and on wire racks to prevent moisture from building up underneath them. Keep kitchen counters clean and clean up crumbs and spills immediately. Store food, including pet food, in airtight containers. Dispose of garbage regularly into sealed containers. Don’t leave pet food out overnight. Inspect items like boxes, packages, and grocery bags) carefully before bringing them into your home.
Call The Pros
If you suspect you have a pest problem or if you just want to get a step ahead of the game, contact a professional pest control company that can come and provide you with a thorough evaluation and set you up with a comprehensive treatment and prevention plan.