As summer fades and the temperatures start to cool down, you will begin spending more and more time inside your home as opposed to outside of it. But, you and your family aren’t the only ones who prefer to retreat inside your home when it’s cold outside. So do unwanted insects, rodents, and pests.
For pests and rodents, they make it their mission to find a comfortable place that is warm during the winter, and unfortunately, that could be in your home. Keeping them out, however, doesn’t have to be super complicated. With consistent pest control services and these four simple tips, you can keep your home pest free this fall.
Fall Pest Control Tips
Seal Openings Around Exterior of Home
Openings on the exterior of your home are ideal entry points for insects, pests or rodents to get in. In facts, even the smallest opening can be just enough room for an insect to find its way in. And, we all know that mice and rats can weasel themselves into openings as little as 1/4 an inch wide. So, before the cool weather hits, it is a good idea to search for holes around your foundation, garage, pipes, wiring, gas meters, dryer vents and any outdoor facets. To close them, simply use some inexpensive caulk or copper mesh.
Repair and Seal Windows and Doors
Sealing and repairing in any holes or gaps in your home’s windows and doors isn’t just for keeping the cold out. This can also help pest proof your home too. First, go around the perimeter of your home to check for any gaps. If you spot any, be sure to remove the existing caulk using a utility knife or caulk remover. By removing the old caulk, the new caulk will be able to adhere better. Afterwards, simply wipe the area and apply the new caulk to create a seal that will last you for years to come. During that time, you may also notice holes in your window screens which also make it easier for bugs to come in. To repair your screens, head to your nearest home improvement store and get a screen mending kit. Also, be sure not to forget about your sliding glass doors. Since they are on a track, it is best to purchase foam weather-stripping to apply to the bottom track.
Cap Off Your Chimney
Your chimney is the easiest way for wildlife, birds, bats, and rodents to make their way into your home. If your chimney has an opening, chances are, these animals will want in. They can even make their way into your walls. To prevent this from happening and taking over your attic, install a chimney cap made of wire mesh.
Make Sure Your Yard Is Not Inviting
Chances are, if you are capping off your chimney, you may also have woodpile somewhere around your home for your fireplace. While this will come in handy when it’s time to light up your fireplace this fall and winter, you want to make sure your woodpiles are somewhere safe and secure so you don’t invite insects and rodents to take up residence. The same goes for your shrubbery. To make sure your shrubs don’t go into the colder months overgrown, give your shrubs one last pruning to ensure they are not harboring any pests as well.
By using these four tips in addition to having regular pest control services done, you can help keep you, your family and your home safe this fall and winter.
If you already have an infestation or pests in your home, we recommend contacting a local pest control professional like Buzz Kill Pest Control. We have the expertise to get rid of your pest problems now, so you don’t have to worry about them later.
To book your appointment, contact Buzz Kill Pest Control today.