Are you ready for fall? Have you started to switch your wardrobe over and get your winter clothes ready? Perhaps you’ve drained the pool and started the storage process for all your garden furniture. What you may not have done yet is to contact your local pest control company and have your house inspected. They do more than simply get rid of unwanted pests. Your local company will help you to evaluate the risks and put preventative measures in place.
Done properly you’ll enjoy a more peaceful winter and you won’t need to contact the exterminator to have a pest problem resolved.
The good news is that you don’t have to rely completely on the pest control company, although their support will be appreciated when dealing with an infestation.
Use the following 5 tips to start sorting your fall pest control today.
1. Sealing The Gaps
The first step has to be to block up any potential entry points. Insects can get through very small gaps. You’ll need to take a good look around your home and seal any gaps you can find.
The most common spots are around windows and doors. But, cracks in your siding or exposed brick can also be a viable target for many pests.
Go around your house slowly looking for entry points and seal them immediately.
2. Tidying Up Food & Garbage
Pests, like most creatures, need food and water to live. You can deprive them of this by cleaning up your home. This means placing all open food packets into sealed containers and rubbish directly into the bins. Your bin needs to remain closed at home and when you empty it, keep the sack sealed shut while placing it straight into your outside bin or local refuse collection point.
You can also look at the water sources around your home, getting rid of any standing water in and outside your house will help to ensure that your home is not a desirable place for a pest to live.
3. Drying It Out
As mentioned, pests need moisture. You can make your home less attractive to most pests by using a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in the air. By making it 40% humid, or less, many pests will not find your home attractive and will move to one that is. You may be surprised at how effective this approach is.
4. Move Firewood
Firewood is very attractive to termites and an array of other pests. You may need firewood in the winter but it’s a good idea to store it at least 20 meters from your home, this will prevent the creatures living in the firewood from migrating to your home.
Note, it doesn’t matter if the firewood is in the yard or in an outbuilding, pests will find it, keeping it away from your home helps to keep your home safe from pests.
5. Check Your Groceries
One thing that many people overlook is groceries and other items coming in and out of your home. These can carry pests, if you don’t check your food and other items, you’re effectively inviting the pests in.
That’s probably not what you want to do!