Drops in outdoor temperatures have everyone and everything attempting to move indoors. As fall moves in, it is likely that you and your family will spend a lot of time in front of the fire place, snuggled up in warm blankets, and enjoying each other’s company; however, you may find that your family are not the only ones soaking up the warmth and indoor atmosphere of your home this fall.
There are large assortments of pests such as mice, rats, spiders, and cockroaches that seek out shelter during the cooler months in order to survive. All of these pests may prove to be detrimental to the health and livelihood of both you and those that reside within your home.
In this brief guide, you will be introduced to several do-it-yourself fall pest-proofing techniques that will keep pests out and your family and home completely safe.
- The very first measure that you should take as fall arrives is placing screens on the attic vents in your home, the chimney openings, and any other areas that may be directly accessed from outside of your home -such as doors for your animals and slots for your mail. By screening these areas, you are properly protecting your home from the unwanted intrusion of common fall pests.
- The next step in pest-proofing your home for the fall months is to ensure that your basement, your attic, and the crawl space of your home is kept very dry and well-ventilated. All pests are attracted to areas that contain a high level of moisture. If you have a difficult time keeping moisture to a minimum in these areas of your home, you should use a dehumidifier for additional protection.
- When pest-proofing your home for fall, it is imperative that you make a point to seal all of the cracks and crevices located on the outside of the structure. You should use a combination of moisture-resistant caulking and steel wool. While sealing these areas, be certain to make certain that the areas where pipes enter into the home are properly sealed, too. Remember, the various rodents that actively seek out shelter during the fall have the ability to fit into a hole that is as small as a dime. Bugs may fit into holes even smaller!
- You should ensure that you always keep the kitchen of your home as clean as possible. There are several steps that should be taken in your kitchen. First, you should make certain that all food products are stored in airtight storage containers. Garbage should be disposed of on a regular basis and placed in a sealed receptacle outside. The kitchen counters, floors, and other areas should always remain free of crumbs and debris as these are attractive for scrounging pests.
- When storing firewood for the fall, you should make certain that you store it at least 20 feet or more from your home. Firewood will attract a multitude of pests. Additionally, all shrubbery should be kept trimmed and the areas immediately against the house should always remain free of debris.