Imagine yourself sitting on your most favorite sofa in front of your fireplace. It’s relaxing and cozy, right? But, not until a mouse or a bug scurries across the floor.
During the fall season, us humans aren’t the only ones enjoying the warmth of staying indoors. Pests and bugs enjoy them too. In fact, they are on the search for a warm shelter to stay in through the season. If you don’t take extra measures to keep your home pest-free this fall, you’re most likely inviting pests, bugs, etc. as houseguests for the season.
With that, here are tips on how to keep pests and bugs away from your home during fall season:
Prevent an infestation before it starts.
As cliché as it may sound, the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” still holds true. For a pest-free home, the first thing to do is to prevent an infestation before it happens. You can do this by blocking all open areas in your home that can be an entryway for pests and bugs, including cracks, crevices, holes, damaged screens, vents, loose weather stripping, and the like.
Replace or reinforce the weather stripping on your doors and windows. Use caulk or steel wool to seal and plug gaps, cracks, and crevices.
Inspect all items you will bring indoors.
Before bringing any item that is from the outside into your home, make sure to inspect them first. Pests, especially the minute ones, are usually in stealth mode. They can hitchhike in your grocery bags, package deliveries, boxes, etc. and enter your home. To prevent pests from enjoying free rides into your home, make sure to inspect and shake out such items before bringing them inside.
Keep crawl spaces dry and well-ventilated.
Most pests are attracted to areas that are moist and humid. So, to keep them away, make sure to keep your home’s crawl spaces, basement, and attic dry and well-ventilated. You can do this by using dehumidifiers, exhaust fans, and the like. Leaking pipes and clogged drains also need to be checked, fixed, and addressed to make sure all moisture sites in your home are eliminated.
Dispose of garbage properly and regularly.
Food leftovers, crumbs, and trash, in general, are attractive to pests. If left in the open, these items can lure pests into your home, especially the ones scrounging for food. To prevent this from happening, it is recommended to clean up after every meal and practice regular garbage disposal.
Aside from managing and disposing of your garbage properly, you also need to make sure that all your food items are stored in airtight containers.
Contact a pest professional for help.
Think bugs, critters, and other pests aren’t going away no matter how much effort you’re making to eliminate or shoo them away? If you suspect you have a pest infestation that you can’t fix yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a pest professional for proper assessment and treatment. Find a trusted pest control service provider near your area to ensure a pest-free home for all seasons.
Don’t let anything get in the way of your moments at home this fall. Fight them even before they start attacking your home. Follow the above tips to ensure a pest-free home this fall season!