The fall months are fast approaching and we will all be spending more time indoors, away from the cold, wet weather outside. Unfortunately, that means many pests will also be trying to get indoors to stay warm and dry. Don't panic! Here are 6 ways you can prevent uninvited pests from crashing on (or in) your couch.
1. Trim your trees. Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from your house. A tree or shrub near your house will allow pests to easily land on your roof or a window sill, giving them more of a chance to find cracks and get inside. You should give yourself enough room to physically walk around your home without trees or shrubbery getting in the way.
2. Clean up outside. Clear any wood, rock or debris piles away from the exterior of your home. Pests and rodents love to build nests in these areas, and if the nests are near a door or window, pests are more likely to get inside and stay inside.
3. Weed the garden one last time. Clearing out this last bit of garden debris can help keep pests from hiding in the tangled mess. Pests enjoy hiding in overgrown vegetation. Keeping your garden free of weeds over the winter can help eliminate unwanted nests and potential infestation.
4. Seal any holes. Inspect the outside of your home, especially around windows and doors, for any small cracks or holes. House mice can fit through holes as small as 1/4 inch. If you find any cracks or holes, be sure to seal them off with caulking or screens. Use weather-stripping, silicone or acrylic latex caulking and be sure to clean the area well before starting. This will ensure the new caulk seals properly.
5. Clean, organize, and de-clutter. Make sure to clear out all cupboards, closets and storage units. Moisture and dirt can build up in these places and can draw in unwanted and destructive pests. Cleaning up these areas will give pests less of an area to hide and will give you a more open space to search for clues of rodent inhabitants.
6. Throw out the trash. Rodents may love your leftovers more than you do. Keeping a tight lid on stored food, and throwing out garbage as soon as possible will help detract any possible intruders. If you see any gnaw marks or droppings in or around your house, take extra care with how you handle your garbage.
Keep in mind that not all pests problems can be handled with a simple solution. Sometimes it is best to call in the experts. If you are dealing with pests like bed bugs, termites, or carpenter ants, it's a good idea to get an experienced 5-Star Technician on the job.
For more information about pest control or what to do about a particular pest problem, contact CroppMetcalfe.