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Tips to Pest Proofing Your Home This Fall

Filed under: Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 2:43 pm November 1, 2013

Tips to Pest Proofing Your Home This Fall

Fall is such a beautiful season. The air becomes crisp and the night becomes longer, plus it is the time that the leaves change. But, with the change of season comes a different challenge for homeowners because it is also a peak time for pests to make their way indoors. These pests will be looking for shelter, food and warmth, which your house has. Cockroaches, lady bugs, mosquitoes, spiders, and worse – rodents will search for a place to take refuge from the cold winter ahead. Unfortunately, these pests reproduce fast that creates a great threat to a home. They are known as nuisance and they pose a serious risk to our health.

How to Pest Proof your Home this Fall

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Even during this fall, make a way to eliminate access to food, harbourage, and access to your home.

Eliminating Harbourages

Make sure that your home and your yard does not look inviting to these pests. Pests love to find clutter and stay there. During the fall, these mess can provide a nice shelter for them. Pay also close attention to your garbage can if you have one outside. Do not use a plastic cans because they can easily be chewed through. Make sure that you have sturdy metal garbage cans instead.

Pests love to find shelter in places where humans do not visit often. Your outdoor sheds and garage are also vulnerable to these pests. For instance, a garage with a lot of unused tools and boxes will have many places for different types of rodents to stay in. Click Home Pest Control now.

Make sure to:

  • Get rid of any abandoned items such as furniture and appliances
  • Store firewood of the ground and away from the home
  • Keep shrubs trimmed back from the foundation
  • Cut branches that are touching windows, doors, walls and roofs
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house

 

Get Rid of Food Access for Pests

If you have a garden, you will likely experience different types of pests such as rabbits, squirrels, and other creatures that will love the supply of food that they can get from your garden. To stop them from entering, create a fence around it. However, squirrels are great climbers so they may still be able to get in. Also, pick fruits that fall from trees. Do not leave these pieces of fruit lying on the ground because they will invite these pests to a free meal.

Also, consider these:

  • Properly place garbage in sealed containers and dispose them properly
  • Do not leave pet food outside especially during the night
  • Use sealed containers to place people and pet food
  • Do not attract birds and other wildlife by removing outdoor feeders
  • Inspect your yard for fallen fruits and nuts and be certain to always pick them up

 

Pest Proofing the Outside of Your Home

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As the warmer weather “wakes-up” numerous pests, it is necessary that homeowners spend a few hours pest-proofing the inside and outside of their homes. Even the simple mending ripped screens can go a long way in preventing pests from finding entry points into your home.

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
  • Place weather proof door sweeps on exterior doors
  • Screen windows and seal potential entryways and repair or replace damaged screens
  • Install hardwire mesh screens behind vents and openings on chimneys
  • Eliminate all moisture sites that includes all leaking pipes and clogged drains
  • Make sure gutters are not clogged with fallen leaves or other debris
  • Get rid of old mulch near the foundation of your home

If in the case that you suspect that you have an infestation, contact Horizon Pest Control to help you with your problem. We will identify the type of pest infestation you have and recommend possible treatment for your home. Click Home Pest Control now.