Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The temperatures begin to drop, the nights become longer, and let’s not forget, the leaves that change color. Every new season brings with it a set of challenges for homeowners. Certain things need to be done before the season is in full swing. Pests begin looking for shelter when the weather gets colder. Homes provide the warmth that pests are looking for.
Here are some of the best ways to keep pests at bay during fall:
Seal Off Crevices & Gaps
Even though you may think your home is sealed against the elements and pests, cracks and gaps begin to develop in your home. Make sure your home is completely sealed off to prevent any insects from accessing your home.
As temperatures drop, insects find it difficult to get access to water, shelter, and food. This is one of the main reasons why they try getting into homes during this time of year. Have all your windows and doors sealed; make sure there are no gaps. Use caulk to seal off any spaces and draughts.
Have a Plan B in Place
It’s impossible to cover all cracks and gaps in a home. Always have a backup plan in place. Use pesticides indoors and outdoors that have long-lasting effects. Make sure the products you are using are environmentally friendly as well. Spray these products around windows and entryways of the house.
Using such sprays isn’t recommended in sensitive areas around the house like the kitchen or kids’ rooms. Insecticides are dangerous and must not be ingested under any circumstances. For the more sensitive areas around the home, use precise tip applicators and apply the product to cracks, crevices, and tight spots where the insects are most likely to take refuge.
Make sure your home is kept clean. The floors must be swept or vacuumed at least twice a week. The counters should be wiped down with germ-resistant cleaners and food should be stored in pest-resistant packaging.
Make Sure Your Home Isn’t Inviting Pests
Storing firewood near your house, having recycling bins too close to your home, and storing away loads of paper are all habits that invite insect infestations.
Firewood attracts many kinds of pests into the home. Make sure the pile of firewood is kept at least 3-feet away from your house. Only bring in the pieces of wood that are going to be burned for the day.
Recycling bins hold many items that attract all kinds of insects like sodas, rotting food, etc. The best way to ensure pests are kept away from your home is to have a recycling bin that’s not too close to your home or that’s emptied out regularly.
As for piles of paper, make sure you shred or give away all the paper and books you don’t need. Paper is known to attract pests as well.