They say that time flies when you’re having fun and who isn’t having fun with the sunshine, the beach, picnics and campfires? Too bad that means these summer months won’t last nearly long enough and before you know it, fall will be here. Fall not only brings the cooler temps but also insects and rodents that are looking for a warm place to stay.
The pests that are more than likely going to be looking to your home to get out of the elements include spiders, cockroaches, mice, ants, stink bugs, you name it, they want in. You could also see an increase of stinging insects on your property since fall is the time of year when the population is the highest. No one wants to have to deal with pests in their home and these fall pests aren’t any different. Not only can they be a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous. Pests such as mice, rats and cockroaches can carry diseases and parasites that can be very hazardous to humans, contaminating surfaces and leaving behind dangerous droppings. Other pests, such as termites and carpenter ants, can do structural damage to your home that you could spend all summer next year trying to repair.
There are some things you can do towards the end of summer to make your fall a little easier to take by keeping some of those pests at bay.
- Do an inspection of the exterior of your home to look for cracks or crevices where critters might be able to get in. Make these are sealed and filed. You should also make sure your screens and doors don’t have any tears or gaps that might let bugs or rodents in. You can also do an interior inspection to check to leaky pipes and moistures spots as this can also attract pests.
- Make sure any and all food is stored in airtight containers. This will limit or eliminate the food supply for these common pests.
- Do some fall cleaning. Make sure your counters are wiped down on a regular basis. Sweep up any crumbs that might get dropped on the floor and mop on a regular basis. You should try to avoid leaving dishes in the sink for an extended period of time and keep your trash in a covered bin. Be sure to empty your trash can on a regular basis as well.
- When you’re prepping for the colder months, make sure you stack your wood pile at least 20 feet from your home.
- Make sure all weather stripping around the windows and the basement foundation are secured and are not damaged.
If at any time, fall, winter, spring or summer, you suspect you have a pest problem you should contact a pest control professional immediately so they can get it taken care of for you. These professionals can also help you prep your home and your entire property for the cooler months ahead. That way you can enjoy this last part of the summer, without having to worry about pests in the fall.