As the leaves change color and the weather starts to cool down, New Jersey homeowners must shift their focus to pests that become a problem during this time of year. Many people think that pests only become an issue during spring and summer, but that is not true! Plenty of pests can invade your home in the fall.
Below, we will discuss some of the most common pests you need to watch out for during autumn and provide tips on protecting your home from them.
1. Mice and Rats
Rodents are a common fall pest in New Jersey. Rodents invade homes in search of food and shelter from the cold weather. One way to prevent them from getting inside is to close up any holes on your home's exterior. Don't forget those areas where pipes or cables enter your home. Mice and rats can squeeze through tiny openings!
Another way to prevent rodents from entering your home is to eliminate tempting food sources. You should ensure that your food is stored correctly in airtight containers and that no pet food is left out during the day.
2. Stink Bugs
Stink bugs enter homes to find a warm place to spend the winter. To prevent an indoor stink bug infestation, make sure your doors and windows are weather-sealed and have properly-fitted screens. Stink bugs are also attracted to bright lights, so you may find them gathering around your outdoor lights at night. For this reason, you may want to turn off your porch lights before bedtime.
Your home's attic or insulated walls can provide a cozy place for squirrels to build nests. Squirrels often enter homes through chimneys or holes in soffits and roofs. If your home is prone to squirrel damage, you'll want to get these areas sealed by a professional. You should also trim back trees and vines growing close to your home to make it more difficult for squirrels to climb onto your roof.
Spiders can act as a natural form of pest control; however, some spiders can cause serious health problems if they bite you. If you don't want spiders in your home, seal gaps and cracks around the outside of your home. Also, keep your home clean and clutter-free. Spiders like to hide in dark, cluttered areas.
5. Stinging Insects
Yellow jackets and other types of wasps can become more aggressive during fall because less food is available. Avoid attracting stinging insects by keeping your garbage cans clean and lidded. Also, be sure to keep your yard clean and free of debris. If you have a compost pile, it’s best to cover it.
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Fall is a beautiful time of year, but it's also when many pests become a problem. At Horizon Pest Control, we offer comprehensive pest protection for your home. Our experienced technicians will work with you to develop a pest control plan tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation: (201) 365-9886.