Are you familiar with fall pests? Can you name a few of them? If they drive you crazy every fall, winter, and spring, we imagine you can. Fall pests leave a pretty big impression. They come in the form of a hundred Asian lady beetles crawling on your porch screens. They appear as a few dozen stink bugs hiding in your curtains. They show up in your cellar as spiders, crickets, centipedes and other creepy crawlies. They show up in your pantry as cockroaches, ants, mice, and other dirty pests. They congregate on exterior walls, pile up on window sills, stack up on electrical boxes, and crawl along your foundation walls. But, fall pests are not inevitable. You don't have to live with them in your home. And you don't have to live with them crawling on your home when the temperatures start to drop. Here are some simple fall pest-proofing tips that will keep those pests in their place.
Top 7 Things You Can Do To Keep Pests Out
- Inspect your screens and repair any holes you find.
Inspect your weather stripping and door sweeps to make sure they are making good contact all the way across.
Inspect your exterior walls for cracks in your foundation and holes in your wood. If you find entry points and are not able to properly repair them, use a caulking gun to fill those spots in until you are able.
Inspect your roofline, eaves, and soffits for entry points. Seal any holes you find.
Inspect hard-to-reach places. Pests prefer to be in secluded locations. So entry points that have been created by rodents and other pests will usually be under your deck, behind your exterior stairwell, in the gap between your chimney and your home, behind shrubs, and behind other objects that are near your walls.
Before bugs and wildlife try to get into your home, they are drawn to your property. That is why fall cleanup is so important. When you keep leaves cleaned up, you are actually working to reduce the pest population in your yard.
Before bugs and wildlife get into your home, they come near your foundation walls. Removing clutter and keeping things neat will make your perimeter less attractive. It is also helpful to keep things as dry as possible.
All of these tips are simple to do. They don't require any knowledge of pest control. But that doesn't mean they're easy to do. It's a lot of hard work. And, after you're done doing all of that hard work, you can still have some fall pests congregating on your walls and screens. For these, it is necessary to have a pest control company apply a residual to your walls.
Fall is an important time of year to bolster the barrier around your home. If you live in Middle Tennessee, let All-American Pest Control help you make the best barrier possible. For more information, or to establish service, connect with us today.