Fall is just around the corner and while it may have you thinking of crisp, cooler air, hot apple cider, and corn mazes, it also means that certain types of household pests will be seeking shelter from the coming winter. That shelter could be your home if you aren’t careful. Follow these pest prevention tips to help you have a pest free fall.
Deny Access to your Home
Pests can’t come into your home if they don’t have a way in. Make sure that windows and doors are well sealed and that there are no cracks in the door frames or window sills. Make sure that you have screens on your crawl space and attic vents as well. This will help keep out nuisance wildlife like raccoons, rodents, and possums. Cracks around pipes can be a way that insects can enter your home, especially if they are looking for water. Rodents like mice and rats can get in this way too. Remember, a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
Make your Home Unappealing to Pests
This is one of the most crucial pest prevention tips and usually the most ignored. Both insects and wildlife enter a home for three reasons: food, water, and harborage. This means that in order to keep pests out you have to take away the appeal – remove the promise of food, water, and harborage. Wipe down your counters after food preparation and each time you wash dishes. Keep your floor swept, and don’t allow your garbage to pile up. If you are in the habit of leaving dishes out overnight to soak, you should stop. Roaches and ants are especially attracted to standing water.
Clean up your Property
Excessive foliage and ground covering can beckon both wildlife and insects to your property. Wild animals will seek shelter in hollow stumps or trees, wood piles, and brush. Keep your property clean and your chances of having pests come calling will be greatly decreased. Other attractants include children’s toys, furniture, barbecue pits, and out buildings. In short, when the summer fun is winding down, store those items so they don’t provide hiding places or winter retreats for nuisance wildlife.
Get a Professional Pest Risk Assessment for Pest Prevention Tips
At each change of seasons, it is wise to get a professional risk assessment. A technician will come to your home and evaluate your property and house, identifying potential risk areas. They will then help you create a plan to keep pests out of our home and away from your family. This is very beneficial because a pest control technician is trained to seek out problem areas and points of entry to help homeowners prevent infestations.
Start this fall off on the right foot with professional pest control by North Fulton Pest Solutions. Our qualified, knowledgeable technicians will inspect your home and property to deliver personalized advice and pest prevention tips that are tailored just for you. Call today and enjoy a fall season that is free from pests.