Fall Pest Prevention

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We often hear that pests are not a problem when the weather cools down. Customers tell us that they do not need service during the winter months. Once they cancel service they end up calling right back in a few weeks to start their service back up. Many pests seek a warmer climate during the winter and there is nothing more inviting than your cozy home! The most common winter pests are roaches, spiders, scorpions and rodents. Fall and winter are also the most common times for wildlife critters to make nests in your attic or crawl space. So what do you need to know about fall and winter pest prevention?

  • Firewood should be stored far away from your home
    • Stacking firewood against the house makes it easy for termites to access your home. Termites can be hiding in the firewood, unbeknownst to you. Also the firewood attracts termites as a tasty snack, and then they notice that your siding is tasty as well! Furthermore, stacked wood provides a damp, dark, cool place for ants, roaches and scorpions to hang out.
  • Install weather-stripping around all exterior doors and windows
    • In addition to keeping your heat in and electric bill down, weather-stripping makes it a little more difficult for pests to find a way inside.
  • Store items in plastic totes, not in cardboard boxes
    • Cardboard boxes hold moisture and moisture attracts pests! Rodents also like to use cardboard when making nests.
  • Find and seal all entry points in your attic and crawl space
    • Rodents and pests can get in through the tiniest of openings, but to prevent a larger wildlife issue you want to make sure you have no holes or openings in the attic or crawl space. There are plenty of squirrels, bats, raccoons and more that would prefer to live in your warm, dry attic over the damp, dark woods.
  • Keep mulch away from the foundation of your home
    • Similar to firewood, mulch is a great appetizer for termites before they reach your home. It also holds moisture, which can attract a multitude of pests.
  • Prune all vegetation to ensure that it is not touching your home
    • A tree branch that touches the roof of your house is like a tiny bridge for woodland creatures to cross over to reach the promise-land…. your attic! Smaller pests, such as ants, roaches and spiders will also use limbs and leafs as a mode of transportation into your home.
  • Hire a pest control professional to apply product around the outside of your home
    • The outside perimeter spray is the most important part of a pest control service. This creates a barrier around the outside of your home. Although it will not keep the pests out, they will have to cross the product to enter. So when you find them, all you should need is a vacuum cleaner!

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