These six little tips equal six comprehensive ways to live pest free. Nobody wants a house full of ants or to be visited by cockroaches just in time for the holidays. So take a few minutes and make sure your home is pest free with these six things you can do to prepare your home for fall.
Keep your Yard and Landscaping Trimmed and Neat
Insects and rodents love piles of debris. Now that fall is here, make sure to keep fallen leaves picked up and disposed of properly. It does not take many leaves to create a haven for pest insects. Many insects are xylophagous — they eat wood. Some are polyphagous — they feed on many types of food. The real concern is the detritophages, those insects that eat decaying plant material like fallen leaves. Piles of leaves attract insects that eat dead plants and your house is made out of dead plants – lumber.
Move the Garbage and Recycling
During the winter months, insect and rodent become food scarce. This is why mice and rats tend to stockpile caches of foods. Garbage may be disgusting to us, but to a hungry rodent or a colony of ants, garbage is a gold mine. By moving your refuse containers, including the recycling bin away from your house you move a big source of food away too.
Make Sure Pets have Flea Control Medication
Fleas love to hitch rides on our pets and when winter comes, the warm inside of your home becomes a breeding ground. Female fleas lay about 50 eggs a day. That is a lot of flea eggs to hatch come spring. Flea medication helps to control adult flea populations on pets. A companion service is to call your local pest control company to treat your yard for fleas too. Rodents such as squirrels, mice, and rats are havens for fleas which then make their way onto your pet and into your home.
Check for Signs of Termite Infestation
Termites tend to swarm as soon as spring’s cooler temperatures begin to warm up a bit. That gives a new colony of termites all summer to make your home their home. By fall, little signs should begin to appear like frass (termite poop,) wings in your windowsills or around the foundation boards on the exterior of your home. You might also see damage to the wood. If you are unsure what to look for when it comes to checking for a new infestation of termites, just contact Horizon Pest Control and we can check for you. We do free inspections so you can be sure.
Fall Deep Cleaning
Just like spring cleaning, which was designed to help get rid of insect, fall cleaning in the modern home is important too. All those little crumbs from summer are a food gold mine to insects and pests. This is a good time of year to move the furniture, check the crevices in the couch, and do a thorough inspection of the cupboards, bedrooms, and even the garage. Your goal is to remove those little bits of food that we never see. You also want to pay close attention to pet food and how it is stored. Insects and rodents have amazing noses and antenna that can pick up the smallest hint of a hidden meal. Clean it up before they come looking for it.
Check for Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are human predators. They feed on human blood and only when desperate for a meal will they suck the blood of a pet. They are also spread by humans and are everywhere. Most home infestation of bed bugs occurs when we come back from a trip or when we visit family and friends. They are sneaky little hitchhikers. They are in the finest hotels, and the most sketch dives. If you’ve been out and about, if the kids have gone to camp, or if you have had visitors come stay with you, check for bed bugs.
Bed bugs are nocturnal and the most obvious sign of an infestation is bed bug bites. You can also check the beds in your home. Don’t expect to find bed bugs because they hide during the day. Instead look for little-dried droplets of blood on the sheets and mattress pad. Lift up the mattress pad and look for bed bug frass (poop.) If you are unsure, take advantage of Horizon’s free home bed bug inspection. Nobody wants to spend the holidays being a blood meal for bed bugs.
These six little tips add up to a big peace of mind. Knowing that your home is pest free helps you sleep better at night, especially if there are no bed bugs. For complete New Jersey pest control services, Horizon Pest Control has you covered. For a free home inspection, just call us at 888.612.2847.