While temperatures cool off, spiders, ants, cockroaches, centipedes, and other pests are starting to look for a cozy place to overwinter. Unfortunately for us, our warm homes are perfect for overwintering pests. The best pest control comes down to prevention. If you can prevent the pests from establishing themselves in your home then you can control the population. Here are a few fall pest prevention tips to keep the nasty pests out of your home this fall and winter.
Clean Up the Food
Pests like ants and cockroaches love to live off of our scraps. Crumbs, food that’s been left out, opened boxes of cereal, and disregarded pet food are all buffets for hungry bugs. Because of this, it’s actually pretty easy to reduce their populations. The first step is to reduce the amount of easily-accessible food around your home.
Target your kitchen, pantry, and any place where you and your family regularly eat. Sweep up any crumbs on counters and floors, vacuum if necessary. Clean up any leftover food and wipe down any messes. Go through your pantry to make sure all of your food is properly sealed. Make sure you regularly remove any trash from your home, keeping it a tight-sealed container far from any entrances to your home. Finally, keep an eye on your pet food. Try not to leave it out for too long during the day and properly store it at night.
Manage Excess Moisture
Once you’ve removed the bug buffet, it’s time to take out their watering hole. Millipedes, centipedes, cockroaches, and many more pests require plenty of moisture to survive. If they don’t have easy access to water, then they will often move on or die off. Check anywhere that excess might be an issue, like: the bathroom, kitchen, under sinks, the basement, attic, and the crawlspace. Fix any leaky pipes and patch any structural leaks around your home. It’s a good idea to use a dehumidifier in the basement to reduce excess moisture.
Inspect the Foundation
Now that we’ve turned your home into an inhospitable desert for bugs, it’s time to seal off the exterior. The first step is to inspect your foundation. Be on the lookout for pooling water, cracks, gaps, and holes. Pay special attention to vents or areas where plumbing and electrical enter your home. Seal off these spots and repair any vulnerabilities in your foundation to effectively seal your home off to the roaming pests.
Inspect Window Screens and Doors
In the fall, it’s pretty common to see large numbers of pests collecting on the sides of our homes, especially around doors and windows. Brown marmorated stink bugs, boxelder bugs, and Asian lady beetles are the most common pests infesting our doors and windows. Unless you want these pests to infest your home en masse, then it’s important to inspect your doors and windows. Check for gaps around your doors and screens, damaged window screens, and any vulnerability. Caulk the gaps and repair or replace the damaged screens to keep these pests out.
Inspect Your Roof and Clean Out Your Gutters
Pests are able to gain access to your house from anywhere, including your roof. At the end of the season, inspect your roof for any vulnerable spots. Be on the lookout for damaged shingles, gaps, holes, or any spot that looks like an insect could take advantage of. Repair these spots to ensure pests stay out of your attic. While you’re up there, clean out the gutters. Mosquitoes love to lay their eggs to overwinter in the leaf matter and backed up water, waiting for the spring to hatch and ruin your backyard parties.
Call the Professionals at Naturally Green
While these tips will all help reduce pest population and help prevent a pest infestation, the best fall pest prevention is investing in professional services. Here at Naturally Green, we have perimeter pest control services that create a protective barrier around your home. Our services will help keep pests like spiders, ants, roaches, crickets, millipedes, and more from infesting your home this fall. Pair this with our flea and tick control services for total protection.