Pests aren’t just a springtime problem, fall and winter can be just as problematic. This time of year is important for pests as they search for a warm place to overwinter. Cold-blooded insects can’t survive the harsh winter weather, that’s why it’s common to see these critters scurrying across our floors in the fall and winter. Here are a few fall pest prevention tips to keep those pests outside this winter.
Seal Off Your House
First, let’s make it impossible for pests to enter your home. Reducing the incoming population will make it that much easier to get control of the pests that are already inside. Here are a few fall pest prevention tips to sealing off your house and safeguarding your home against the hordes of pests.
The foundation is the first place we should target. Inspect your foundation this fall by checking for any place that a tiny insect can enter through. Keep an eye out for any holes, gaps, or cracks in your foundation as these might as well have a welcome sign above them. Pay special attention to areas where electrical or plumbing enter your home as these places are common entry points for bugs like ants, termites, and cockroaches. Seal up any of the vulnerabilities to create a strong foundation for your pest control.
Doors and Windows
The next place to target is your doors and windows. During the fall, it’s pretty common to see a lot of brown marmorated stink bugs, Asian lady beetles, and boxelder bugs congregating around doors and windows. These bugs are looking to stay warm and your home is the place to be. Keep these pests out by ensuring your windows and doors are properly sealed. Check for gaps or cracks and make sure your window screens aren’t damaged. Seal the gaps and cracks with caulk and replace or repair any damaged screens to keep the pests out.
Roof and Gutters
Finally, it’s time to get up on the roof. Insects are notoriously small and persistent, meaning they can and will try to enter through your roof. Check for damaged shingles and keep an eye out for any gaps or cracks. It’s also a good idea to clean out your gutters while you’re up there. Mosquitoes will often lay their last batch of eggs in the leaf matter and stagnant water of a clogged gutter. Here, the eggs will wait until the warmth of spring returns before they hatch and descend upon your backyard party. Clean out your gutters now to make mosquito control that much easier next year.
Make Your Home Inhospitable
Now it’s time to make your home as inhospitable to pests as possible. Eliminating the free food and any excess water will do a lot to reduce pest populations in your home. Here are a few fall pest prevention tips to use inside your home.
Clean Up the Crumbs
Cockroaches and ants are just a couple of the pests that love to live off our scraps. These opportunistic foragers creep around our kitchens and pantries, looking for crumbs, spills, and food that has been left out. We can greatly reduce their current and future populations just by cleaning up around the kitchen.
Look around the areas where you and your family regularly eat, cleaning up any spilled food or crumbs. Check your pantry, cabinets, and cupboards to be sure your food is properly stored in tight-sealed containers. Remove your trash regularly and store it in a tight-sealed container, far from any entrances. Finally, if you have any pets, be sure to properly seal their food and never leave it out overnight.
Manage Your Water
The last step to turning your home into an inhospitable wasteland for pests is to remove any excess water. Most pests can go extended periods of time without food, but all pests need a regular source of water. If you can remove excess water, then you’ll be protecting your home from an invasion of pests like centipedes, millipedes, and cockroaches.
Check around the bathrooms, kitchen, under sinks, in the attic, basement, and even in your crawlspace. These can all serve as an oasis to creepy crawlies. Fix any leaky pipes you find and use a dehumidifier in areas like the basement and attic. Creating a dry home will ensure pests don’t turn your home into their home.
Call in the Pros
While these tips will help you reduce pest populations and help protect you from a possible pest infestation, it’s always good to call in the professionals. Here at Royal Greens, we have perimeter pest control services to create a pest-free barrier around your home.