As seasons come and go, temperatures rise and fall. This happens regardless of where you live and is why almost all homes are equipped with both heating and cooling units. These systems help to provide a comfortable place to rest regardless of how hot or cold it is outside.
Unfortunately, this is also true for pests. As we head into fall here in Hendersonville, cold weather will be pushing pests to invade homes to find warmth. To help keep your home pest-free this fall and winter, here are four easy prevention tips you should know about.
Prevention Tip Number 1: Deep Clean Your Home
Not all pests are attracted to homes by mess and clutter, but enough are for this to be a crucial first step to pest prevention. When cleaning your home, make sure not to neglect attics, basements, closets, or beneath furniture, kitchen appliances, and inside other tight and hard-to-reach places. We also recommend putting in place a regular cleaning schedule and limiting the number of rooms in your home where you eat to just one or two.
Prevention Tip Number 2: Find and Seal Entry Points
Unless your home was built last week, chances are it has a few gaps, cracks, or holes. These potential entry points for pests are created over time with general wear and tear and can be fixed with just a bit of know-how.
To start, thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior foundation for any damage that could allow pests a way in. If it is much colder or warmer outside than it is inside your home, you can run your hand along your wall to feel where hot or cold air is leaking out of your home. Seal up any potential entry points you find using a caulking gun. Use that same caulking gun to seal up gaps and cracks found around utility piping leading out of your home, along with spacing around window and door frames.
Next, check all of your home’s window and door screens. Replace or repair any that have been damaged or torn. Do the same for weather stripping, door sweeps, and chimney caps.
Finally, do your best to keep windows and doors shut as much as possible. This is one of the simplest and best ways to keep a number of pests out of your home.
Prevention Tip Number 3: Eliminate Attractants
Pests are drawn to homes by a number of factors. Here are a few ways to reduce attractants around your Hendersonville home.
Fix leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home.
Make sure your gutters are properly channeling water away from your home’s exterior.
Keep your lawn well maintained and free of debris.
Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
Turn exterior lights off before going to bed at night.
Do not feed your pets outside and make sure to pick up and clean out their bowls after they are done with them.
Store leftover foods inside airtight containers after every meal.
Make sure all of your trashcans have tight-fitting, pest-proof lids.
Pest Prevention Tip Number 4: Invest In Quality Pest Control Services
Keeping pests out on your own is a very difficult task. At All-American Pest Control, we are committed to making pest control easy and affordable for all homeowners. With our built-to-fit plans, you will have no trouble finding exactly what you and your home needs.
Reach out to one of our friendly service representatives today to find out more about our Home Pest PLUS plan, or to schedule a visit for your Hendersonville home.