As the leaves begin to change color, it’s time to be proactive about preventing pests from coming indoors. They like to get out of the cold, too!
- Reduce entry points by caulking or otherwise sealing cracks or holes along the foundation and around windows.
- Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys. Anywhere your home is open to the outdoors, pests can easily find a way inside.
- Inspect and seal openings where water pipes, electrical, air conditioning and cable TV wiring enter the structure.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Eliminate moisture problems, especially clogged gutters and downspouts. This is a time to get out the gloves and remove leaves from your gutters. You’ll want your outdoor drainage system to draw water away from your home.
- Eliminate pest harborage around the home. Keep shrubs well-trimmed, and store firewood at least 20 feet away from the foundation.
- Keep basements, attics and crawlspaces dry and well-ventilated. Pests – including termites – are attracted to moisture, which they need to survive.
- Replace weatherstripping regularly. Not only can this help with pests but you’ll also keep cold air out of your home.
- Inspect decoration boxes and packages before bringing them inside. Who doesn’t love fall decor? But be careful because you never know what could be hitching a ride.
- Avoid leaving pets’ food and water dishes out for a long time. Pet food is food to pests, too. While you’re at it, keep kitchen counters clean and store food in airtight containers.
Want to make sure your home isn’t welcoming pests? Contact your local pest management professional.