Earlier in August, we started our series, The Seasonal Changes of Fall Push Bugs Indoors. In that first installment, we illustrated all that people find appealing about the fall season. This included cooler days, brisk breezes, and the changing of the colors of leaves. Most really enjoy the sense of newness that lingers in the air as fall sets in around the country.
While the natural world is transitioning into a vast array of color and excitement, we prepare for the season ahead by preparing firewood, cleaning up our landscapes, and taking measures that are important to our homes during the cooler months. Unfortunately, the pests that abound in our world are also preparing for the cooler weather. Often, these preparations push those pests indoors.
When fall arrives, many common pests experience a change in behaviors. In our first article, you learned about these changing behaviors. In this concluding installment, you will learn how to prepare your home so that those pests are unable to make their way into your living quarters.
Focus on Eliminating Pest Habitats
The diminishing daylight, the plummeting temperatures, and the rains of autumn all signal the fade into fall. The insects, rodents, and spiders around your home register these changes and initiate the process of searching for new habitats that will protect them from the environmental conditions of the season.
To properly protect your home, you should place a special focus on eliminating potential pest habitats. Simply start by inspecting the exterior area of your home. Keep in mind that pests seek out habitats that will allow them to reproduce, get rest, and hide from their natural predators.
Steps that may be taken to reduce the opportunity for pests to enter your home include the following:
- First, you should make certain that the gutters and downspouts of your home are completely cleaned out. If debris is allowed to accumulate in these regions, pests may use them for their home.
- While cleaning out the gutters and the downspouts, be absolutely certain that they are not in need of repair and appropriately direct water away from your home. If maintenance and/or repairs is necessary, take care of this right away.
- If you have any type of debris near your home, it should be removed immediately. This includes compost piles, bricks, wood, and items that are similar in nature.
- When cutting and storing your firewood, it is imperative that you keep it stored a great distance from structures.
- Mulch should be pulled back so that it is not against your home or any other structures on your property.
- Trash cans should always be stored away from the home. Pests view these containers as food sources due to the smells and possible debris left behind in them.
- You should make certain that you prune all of your tree limbs and shrubs. Additionally, it is imperative that you shift any type of plants so that they are not touching your home, or the foundation of your home.
- Once the leaves start to fall, they should be removed immediately.
- The lightbulbs that you use outside should be replaced with bulbs that are either yellow or are designated as being “sodium vapor”.
Seal Your Home Properly
The next steps that should be taken to prevent fall pests from entering your home is to seal up any openings. To start with, you should replace all of the screens in your home with storm windows. The areas around windows, doors, and crawl space openings should have properly functioning seals.
If any windows are broken, chipped, or cracked, they should be replaced. If you observe cracks in the foundation of your home, you should seal them with concrete or caulking. Make certain that your attic vents and/or crawl space vents are sealed tightly. Additionally, it is important to inspect any wood or boards that are part of your home. If the items are damp or rotting, you should replace those pieces immediately.
Once you have eliminated the potential pest habitats and have sealed up your home properly, the next step is to seek the assistance of a professional pest control company.
Here at All Pest Exterminating, we are trained to handle the elimination of all common fall pests. In addition to offering you a low-cost, highly-effective solution for combatting fall pests, we have the knowledge to provide you with information on preventive pest control tactics that will ensure the protection of your home.
Pest control is considered to be an annual maintenance task. Not only will this protect your home, your lawn, and any other structures on your property, it will protect you and your loved ones, too!